It's important for your child to have regularly scheduled checkups, often called well-child visits or health checkups, 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 these visits.
During these visits, the doctor examines your child and asks you questions about your child's development and behaviour. Immunizations also are either given or scheduled at this time.
In some areas, your child may see a public health nurse for routine checkups and immunizations.
Your child's doctor will recommend a schedule for routine checkups. One example is for visits at ages:
3 to 5 days old.
By 1 month.
After age 3, routine checkups are usually scheduled yearly through the teen years.
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 Staff Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics Thomas M. Bailey, MD, CCFP - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics