Has Your Child Been to a Well-Child Visit This Year?

GettyImages-1299017442 (600x400)It is important to take your child to their primary care provider (PCP) for regular check-ups, even if your child seems healthy. These no-cost well-visits allow the PCP to check your child’s health and address health concerns early on.

During a well-child visit, the PCP will:

  • Examine your child’s body.
  • Give your child vaccines they are due for.
  • Track growth and development (weight, height and how your child plays, learns, speaks, acts and moves).
  • Do screenings based on your child’s age (hearing, vision and/or potential lead exposure).
  • Share advice on healthy eating, keeping your child’s gums and teeth healthy, sleep and safety.
  • Talk about health concerns and work with you to make a plan to address them.
  • Refer your child to specialists if needed.

Tips to get the most out of well-child visits:

Bring a list of questions/concerns, such as:

  • Is my child at a healthy weight?
  • Does my child need any screenings or vaccines?
  • How much screen time is okay for my child?
  • I noticed my child often does ___: is this typical for their age?

Bring any information you think your child’s PCP should be aware of, such as:

  • Your child’s vaccination record.
  • Any after-visit summaries from recent urgent care, emergency room or hospital visits.

Children under three years old should have check-ups at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 and 30 months.

Schedule your child’s next well-visit before you leave the PCP’s office. Ask for a reminder card and put the visit date in your calendar.

Learn more about children's health.