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It's important for your child to have regularly scheduled
called well-child visits, beginning shortly after birth and lasting through the teen years.
These appointments allow your doctor to keep a
close eye on your child's general health and development. Finding possible
problems early gives your child the best chance for proper and successful
treatment. Also, any concerns you have about your child can be discussed during
During these visits, the
doctor examines your child and asks you questions about your child's
development and behavior.
Immunizations also are either given or scheduled at
Your child's doctor will recommend a schedule for well-child visits. One example is for visits at ages:footnote 1
After age 3, well-child visits are usually scheduled yearly through
the teen years.
Committee on Practice and Ambulatory Medicine, Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule Workgroup (2014). 2014 recommendations for pediatric preventive health care. Pediatrics, published online February 24, 2014. DOI: 10.1542/peds.2013–4096. Accessed March 7, 2014.
Other Works Consulted
American Academy of Pediatrics (2010). Diagnosis and prevention of iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia in infants and young children (0–3 years of age). Pediatrics, 126(5): 1040–1050. Available online: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/126/5/1040.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - PediatricsSpecialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD - Pediatrics
Current as ofAugust 21, 2015
Current as of:
August 21, 2015
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
& John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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