Well Care Visits

What is a well-care visit?

In addition to taking your child to the physician when your child is ill, or needs an examination to participate in a particular activity, routine well-care visits are recommended.

Well-care, well-baby, or well-child visits are routine visits to the child's physician for:

  • physical examinations
  • immunization updates
  • tracking growth and development
  • finding any problems before they become serious
  • information on health and safety issues
  • information on nutrition and physical fitness
  • information on how to manage emergencies and illnesses

Your child's physician can also provide guidance on other issues, such as:

  • behavioral problems
  • learning problems
  • emotional problems
  • family problems
  • socialization problems
  • puberty and concerns about teenage years

Your child's physician will give you a schedule of ages when a well-care visit is suggested.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this schedule for routine well-care visits:

  • before new baby is dismissed from the hospital, or at 48 to 72 hours of age
  • 2 to 4 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years
  • 6 years
  • 8 years
  • 10 years
  • annually, between ages of 11 and 21 years

This page was last updated: April 2, 2013

         
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