All children should have regular well child visits with the doctor as a foundation for positive growth and development. Well child visits are important from newborn to teens. Even if your child appears healthy, it is important for the doctor to run regular tests and perform a thorough exam in order to identify and address any concerns before they become an issue. Your well child visit is also a great opportunity to ask the doctor about any behavioral issues, as well as the doctor to ask questions of your child that may not come up in regular conversation with their family.
What happens during a well child visit?
During a well child visit, the doctor will perform a physical exam from head to toe, check your child’s vision, hearing, and blood pressure. She may also order additional tests for a more complete picture. The doctor will perform a developmental screening to check that your child is progressing as expected. She may also take the opportunity to share wellness and behavioral tips with you and your child.
How often should you schedule a well child visit?
The doctor may put your child on a specific visit schedule that best suits their needs, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following schedule:
From birth to 1st birthday:
- Newborn, 3-5 days, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months
After the 1st birthday to kindergarten:
- 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months, 3 years
Children and adolescents from 4 to 21 years old need a well child checkup annually.
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT):
Medicaid also provides service to eligible children less than 21 years old if medically necessary to correct or improve a condition, physical or mental illness. For more information see the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration