What to Expect During Well-Child Visits

What are well-child visits, and why does your child need them? Find out here!

July 06, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

Regular well-child visits, or checkups, are important to your child’s health. Your child should visit the doctor for a checkup at each of these ages:

  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 2½ years
  • 3 years
  • Each year after that until age 21
 

Why are these checkups necessary? For lots of reasons.

Preventive Care

During a well-child visit, your child’s doctor, or pediatrician, will check your child’s height and weight. If your child is an infant, your doctor may measure his/her head to check that your baby’s brain is growing at a healthy rate. Your doctor will also give your child the vaccines s/he needs to help protect against viruses and bacteria, and may give your child a lead screening to check for lead exposure.

Your child should get these vaccines by his or her second birthday:
Vaccine Doses

Learn more about why vaccines are important for your child’s health here.

Health and Development Check

Your child’s doctor will also check how much your child has grown since his or her last checkup and make sure that s/he is staying healthy and reaching important milestones. Doctors can also recommend intervention to help if your child shows any signs of developmental delays. Early intervention can make it easier for your child to learn and make friends at school.

Your child may reach these milestones at these ages:
Dev Growth Chart

Every child is different, so if your child doesn’t reach these milestones at these exact ages, don’t panic—talk to your doctor!

Questions and Concerns

Well-child visits are a great opportunity to ask your child’s doctor any questions you have about your child’s health, such as what you can do to help your child eat well, be active, and stay safe. If your child is old enough, encourage him or her to ask questions, too.

Creating a Partnership

Regular well-child visits can help build trust between you, your child, and your child’s doctor. Together, you can work as a team to keep your child healthy and growing strong!

Need help finding the right doctor for your child? Make sure you ask these questions.

 

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Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies. This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

Sources
“AAP Schedule of Well-Child Care Visits,” American Academy of Pediatrics. December 18, 2015.
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/health-management/Pages/Well-Child-Care-A-Check-Up-for-Success.aspx

“Developmental Monitoring and Screening,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. February 23, 2016.
http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/screening.html

“Visiting The Pediatrician: The First Year,” American Academy of Pediatrics. November 21, 2015.
https://www.healthychildren.org/english/family-life/health-management/pages/Visiting-The-Pediatrician-The-First-Year.aspx

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