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What is a well-care visit?

In addition to taking your child to the physician when your child is ill or needs an exam to participate in a particular activity, routine well-care visits are recommended.

Well-care, well-baby, or well-child visits are routine to the child's physician for the following:

  • Physical exam
  • Immunization updates
  • Tracking growth and development
  • Finding any problems before they become serious
  • Providing information on health and safety issues
  • Providing information on nutrition and physical fitness
  • Providing information on how to manage emergencies and illnesses

You child's physician can also ​provide guidance on other issues, like the following:

  • Behavioral problems
  • Learning problems
  • Emotional problems
  • Family problems
  • Socialization problems
  • Puberty and concerns about teenage years

​​​When should well-care visits be scheduled?

Your child's physician will give you a schedule of ages when a well-care visit is suggested.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends well-care visits at the following ages:

  • Before a newborn is discharged from the hospital, or at 48 to 72 hours of age
  • 3 to 5 days
  • 2 to 4 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years
  • Annually, between the ages of 6 and 21 years