Routine well-child visits
Early childhood is a time of rapid growth and change; physical and behavioral development is faster during these years and requires very close monitoring. That’s why young children have more frequent check-ups, known as well-child visits.
Our pediatricians follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines for all well-child visits and immunizations. At each visit, your pediatrician will check your child's growth and development and perform a complete physical exam. The provider will review with you your child's height, weight and any required immunizations. Hearing, vision, and other screening tests will be part of some visits. Even if your child is healthy, well-child visits are a good time to focus on your child's wellness. Talking about ways to improve care and prevent problems helps keep your child healthy.
As a reminder, please bring all completed forms and insurance documentation with you to your appointments. Also, please give any day care or school forms you need completed to the front desk when you check in. Below is a schedule of well-child checks from newborn through adolescence.
Newborn (3 to 5 days old)
After your baby comes home from the hospital, it is important that your baby be seen within two to three days. This appointment is an opportunity for you to ask any and all questions you may have. The pediatrician will check your baby’s weight and follow up on any issues from the nursery.
Two-week follow-up and weight checks
After your initial newborn visit, your provider will let you know when your baby’s next visit will be. Usually this will be two weeks after birth, but it could be just a few days after the newborn exam if they need to closely monitor the baby for any reason. It is always a good idea to write down your questions ahead of time so as not to forget anything.
After this second check-up, children usually return for well-care visits at:
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 2 years old (24 months)
- 2½ years old (30 months)
After 2½ years, children and adolescents should be seen annually.