Growing up healthy with well-child check-ups

FNP Hayley Baker reads to a patient after a Well-child check-up.

It is no secret that children are exposed to a lot; germs, bugs, bacteria, and other children. Their health can be a fragile thing. That's why routine check-ups are so important to make sure babies and children are growing up nutritionally.

At Mercy Community Health Center in Prudenville, part of Mercy Hospital Grayling, Family Nurse Practitioner Hayley Baker knows the importance of having babies and children get their well-child check-ups on a regular basis from the very beginning.

The first well-child check-up should be at the age of 3 to 5 days and then 1 month, 2 month, 4 month, 6 month, 9 month, 1 year, 18 months, 2 years, 2 and a half, 3 years, and then every year until the age 18.

Having your child see a doctor regularly can help catch any health issues especially at an early age. At a check-up, children will have their milestones checked and make sure they are growing healthily. Practitioners like Hayley Baker also find that seeing the children at regular intervals lets her closely monitor a child's progress and getting to see the children grow up is one of the best parts of the job.

They also have a Reach Out and Read program where from birth to 5 years old, every child receives a book at each check-up, encouraging reading as well as healthy physical development. Whether a baby is getting their very first check-up at a few days old, or a young teenager is back for their yearly exam, you can never learn too much about the health of a child.

You can book these appointments by contacting the Primary Care Provider at Mercy Community Health Center in Prudenville. For more information visit