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 the following reasons:

  • 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 the following:

  • behavioral problems

  • learning problems

  • emotional problems

  • family problems

  • socialization problems

  • puberty and concerns about teenage years

When should well-care visits be scheduled?

Your child's physician will give you a schedule of ages when a well-care visit is suggested. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends this schedule for routine well-care visits at the following ages:

  • before newborn is discharged 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

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