FOLLOW UP CARE IN CHILDHOOD
Follow up care in childhood is the basis of the pediatric practice. Follow up care is not only a health service for healthy children but also a social service which evaluates the growth of all children. It also consists of immunization and health education as well as the evaluation of the child’s wellbeing. It is every child’s right to receive healthy child care services (Article 24 of the Children’s Rights Agreement law acceptedputted straight by the National Assembly at 1995 addresses these services and rights).
The purpose of the follow up of healthy children is to decrease the mortality and morbidity of childhood illnesses while providing the continuous support to the well-being of children. Hence, children can have a longer, healthier and more productive life. This article, explains the basic principles of follow up care in childhood to the primary care practitioners; including general practitioners and pediatricians, who should never forget that their first duty is to give preventive care services.