Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Monitoring Your Child’s Health Periodically

Parents' awareness of conducting medical check-up and health screening to their children is currently very low. Despite not being ill, the medical check-up for children is not less important than the one for adults. Check-up for children is important to ensure that they grow and develop well. In addition, children with good health tend to remain healthy in their adulthood. Other than physical examination (such as the eye, ear, and mouth examinations), several laboratory tests are also required to determine further about children' s health status.

As a clinical laboratory that cares about the growth and development of children in Indonesia, Prodia has offered a check-up program for children, known as Child Check-Up Panel. Child Check-Up Panel is a set of laboratory analysis designed to detect diseases and define risks of disease on children, based on age groups and adjusted to the prevalence of the most common diseases among Indonesians.

Child Check-Up Panel includes the following tests:

  • Neonatal G6PD and Neonatal TSHs, which are useful for the neonatal screening test in detecting the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency and congenital hypothyroidism in the newborns. Neonatal screening test should be taken when the infant is aged 72-120 hours (3-5 days). Infants that are examined before aged 24 hours have to be rechecked by the time they have reached 2 weeks for confirmation.
  • Routine Hematology, Reticulocyte, and Peripheral Blood Description, for detection of anemia, especially iron deficiency anemia.
  • Routine Urine, for detection of urinary tract infection (UTI) that is common to children and may cause unpleasant symptoms to them.
  • Albumin and Total Protein, for evaluation of child' s nutrition status, which will strongly affect the child' s growth and development.
  • Routine Faeces, for detection of digestive tract infection common to children.
  • Fat Profile (Total Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol, Direct LDL Cholesterols, and Triglyceride) and Body Mass Index (BMI), for early detection of childhood obesity. It is important as prevention to protect children' s health in the future.
  • Fasting Glucose, for detection of diabetes mellitus.
  • Blood Pressure is essential to be routinely measured for children to early detect high blood pressure (hypertension).

For children with the risks of hepatitis B and C, as well as kidney function impairment, it can be completed with the following examinations:

  • Liver functions: GOT and GPT
  • Hepatitis: HBsAg and Anti-HBs for Hepatitis B, and Anti-HCV for Hepatitis C
  • Kidney functions: Urea N, Creatinine, and Uric Acid

Child Check-Up Panel is not only advantageous for mothers to help their children achieve optimal growth and development, but it may also inform children that maintaining health by themselves is necessary.