Scheduling regular well-child visits is important to your son or daughter’s health and development.
What are well-child visits?
They’re regular checkups for children, beginning at birth through early adulthood. Each checkup monitors your child’s growth, development and overall health—and they’re the easiest way to vaccinate your child.
As your child grows, the amount of well-child visits will change. So will the reason for scheduling the visit. But remember, they’re all important to your child’s health. Here’s a look at what to expect at each stage of the well-child journey.
Birth – 2 years old: It’s recommended that children have six doctor visits within the first 15 months of life.
3 – 6 years old: Children at this age need a checkup once a year.
7 – 12 years old: Kids this age need a checkup at least once every two years. Some doctors may be willing to combine this with a sports physical, if required.
13 – 17 years old: Teens need one doctor visit each year. Some doctors may be willing to combine this with a sports physical, if required.
18 – 21 years old: Young adults should still see a doctor once a year for a preventive care visit.
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