Children's health

Nothing is more important than your child's health
Your child is your life. So many hopes and dreams are wrapped up in this little person you’ve brought into the world. We want your child to grow up healthy and happy. That’s why we cover well-child checkups for your child from birth all the way through age 20.

Children grow and change quickly. It’s important for your child to see a primary care provider (PCP) on a regular basis even when he or she isn’t sick. These visits are called well-child checkups. As an Aetna Better Health of Missouri member, a MO HealthNet Managed Care health planyour child is covered to receive a well-child checkup once a year.

During a well-child checkup, your child’s PCP:

  • Does a complete physical exam
  • Checks your child’s growth and development
  • Checks your child’s vision, hearing and teeth
  • Gives shots as needed
  • Orders lab work as needed (for example, a blood test)
  • Answers any questions you have, like what foods are good for your child
  • Finds any health problems before they become serious
  • Gets to know your child so the PCP can take better care of him or her

Remember, well-child checkups are important to the health and well-being of your child.

Helpful resources

Children are at risk if they come in contact with lead. Lead can be found in older house paints, soil, clay products, pipes, and solder.  The MO HealthNet program rules say all children must be tested for lead.

Your child may be at risk for lead poisoning if:

  • You live in or visit a house built before 1978 or
  • Someone in your house works as a
    • plumber,
    • auto mechanic,
    • printer,
    • steel worker,
    • battery manufacturer,
    • gas station attendant, or
    • other jobs that contain lead.

There are other ways your child can be poisoned. Call 1-800-566-6444 if you have questions about lead poisoning.

High levels of lead can cause brain damage and even death.  Lead in children is a common health concern. 

  • All children through six years of age must be tested annually if they live in a high-risk area (Missouri state law requirement).
  • All children through six years of age must be tested if they have been exposed to lead.
  • Children must be tested at one year and two years of age if the child lives in a non-high risk area.
  • Children between one and six years of age must be tested if they have not been previously tested.

A lead screen has two parts.  First, the Primary Care Provider (PCP) will ask questions to see if your child may have been exposed to lead.  Then the PCP may take some blood from your child to check for lead.  This is called a blood lead level test.  Children at one year old and again at two years old must have a blood lead level test.  Children with high lead levels in their blood must have follow up services for lead poisoning.

High lead levels in a pregnant woman can harm her unborn child.  If you are pregnant, talk with your PCP or obstetrician to see if you may have been exposed to lead.

This program supports health care for infants, children and youth up to age 21 at no cost to you.  We ensure those taking care of children are given the right health resources. No prior approval is required if EPSDT services are given by your provider or your local health department.

Services include:

  • Regular well-child exams and blood lead level testing
  • Vision exams identify vision problems
  • Treatment for bad vision may include eyeglasses
  • Oral exams may be given by primary care provider, baby provider, or the family provider
  • Children will be sent to a dentist for relief of pain, bad teeth, or tooth repair
  • Hearing exams identify and treat hearing defects (may include hearing aids)