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  • Well Child Visits

  • You take your child to the doctor when he or she feels sick. Do you also visit the doctor for routine check-ups? During a routine check-up, your doctor examines your child to make sure he or she is growing as expected. These visits, called well child visits, start a few days after birth and last until your child becomes an adult.

    How often should your child see the doctor?
    The American Academy of Pediatrics has developed a schedule for well child visits.

    • Infant: All babies should be seen by a doctor right after birth. If the baby is being breastfed, he or she should be seen 48 to 72 hours after leaving the hospital.
    • Baby: If you left the hospital before 48 hours after birth, bring your baby to a doctor in 2 to 4 days. Then schedule a visit when your baby is 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months old.
    • Toddler and child: Schedule visits at 15 months, 18 months and 24 months. After that, once a year for ages 3 to 10.
    • Pre-teen and teen: Have your doctor check your children once a year from ages 11 through 21.

    What will the doctor do during a well child visit?  

    • Ask you questions about your child’s health history
    • Perform a complete physical exam
    • Perform vision and hearing screenings
    • Check how your child is growing, eating and sleeping
    • Talk about social or learning problems
    • Give the child any needed shots (immunizations or vaccinations)
    • Do a blood or urine test, if needed
    • Talk to you and your child about how to stay safe and healthy

    A well child visit is your chance to talk to the doctor about issues or concerns you may have about your child’s health.

    Tips to make the best of your visit  

    • Write down any questions or concerns you might have before the visit. If you don't write them down, you might forget what you want to ask.
    • Bring any medicine your child is taking.

    To learn more please visit KidsHealth, “Your Child’s Checkups


    Sources:
    American Academy of Pediatrics, “AAP Schedule of Well-Child Care Visits