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Pediatrics Plus: Well Care Visits

In addition to taking your child to the doctor when he or she is ill or when he or she needs an examination in order to participate in a particular activity like a sport or a summer camp, periodic routine well-child visits are recommended. These visits are designed to:

  • Examine your child
  • Track his growth and development
  • Update his immunizations
  • Find any problems before they become serious
  • Provide information on health and safety issues
  • Provide information on nutrition and physical fitness
  • Provide information on how to handle illnesses and emergencies
  • Provide advice on routine behavioral issues
  • Allay parental guilt trips that come with the territory
  • Answer any questions parents have regarding their child

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that well-child visits be done at the following ages:

  • 3 to 5 Days
  • 2 Weeks
  • 1 Month
  • 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24 and 30 Months
  • 3, 4 and 5 years
  • Annually, between the ages of 6 to 21 years

Well-child visits are an important and necessary part of maintaining your child's health. Please schedule and complete each recommended visit. Your child's health could depend on it.