Focus on Kids Health

Well Child Visits - How does your baby grow?

Your children are not alike. They differ in the way they look and learn. Even if your children are not sick, they need to see the doctor often. Well-child visits can help your children stay healthy. Tests can find diseases early when they are easier to treat. These visits may include tests. Your child’s doctor can give these tests at the right time. You just need to bring your child in based on your child’s age. If your child has missed some well-child visits, do not worry, but do not delay.

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Immunizations - Are all those vaccines necessary?

Shots can prevent some fatal diseases. Doctors suggest that all healthy children birth through 18 years of age be given shots. 

Lead Screenings

Your 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 Medicaid program rules say all children must be tested for lead.  Tests are for ages 1 and 2 years old. All children above age 3 who have not been tested should be given a lead test.  This test should be done at least once between the ages of 3 and 6 years. Those at high-risk may need to be checked more often.  Your children are at high risk if they have a history of lead poison.  Your children are at high risk if you live in an old home or apartment.  Your child’s doctor can perform a lead test.

Learn more at Lead-Safe Virginia.

EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment)

This free program supports health care for infants, children and youth up to age 21.  We give you the right resources to help check your child’s health. No prior approval is required if EPSDT services are given by your doctor 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 your primary care doctor, baby doctor or the family doctor.  Your children will be sent to a dentist for relief of pain.  They will also be sent for bad teeth, or tooth repair. 
  • Hearing exams identify and treat hearing defects.  They may include hearing aids.