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Your child’s health

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Nothing is more important than your child’s health

Just like you, we want your child to grow up healthy and happy. That’s why we cover well-child checkups. These are covered from the day your child is born until they turn 20. Your child will have a lot of checkups before they turn 2. After that, they will only have to go for a checkup once a year.

Children grow and change very quickly. This is why they need to see a primary care physician (PCP) regularly for well-child checkups.

What happens during a well-child checkup?

During a checkup, your child’s PCP will:

  • Do a complete physical exam
  • Check your child’s growth and development
  • Check your child’s vision, hearing and teeth
  • Give shots as needed
  • Order lab work, like blood tests, as needed
  • Answer any questions that you might have, like what foods are best for your child
  • Find any health problems before they become serious
  • Get to know your child so they can take better care of them

When should I bring my child to their well-child checkup?

You should bring your child to their checkups on a regular basis, even if they aren’t sick. To help you stay on track and never miss a checkup, we’ve made this schedule. Your child should see their PCP when they are:

  • Neonatal (between the time they are born and 1 month old)
  • Under 6 weeks old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 24 months old
  • 3 to 20 years old (once a year)

You should take your child to the doctor immediately if they have:

  • Behavior that’s troubling or different than usual
  • Fever of 103 F or higher
  • Rashes or skin infections
  • Frequent sore throats
  • Trouble breathing
  • Sudden weight gain or loss

Should I vaccinate my child?

The right shots (vaccinations) can protect your child against serious diseases like whooping cough and measles. Your child should get their shots during their well-child checkup. You can call your child’s PCP to see if they are due for a shot. You can also check the schedule of shots by age group when you visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vaccines and immunizations webpage.

Other helpful resources

Vaccination schedule: 0 to 6 years

Vaccination schedule: 7 to 18 years


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