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How Often Should My Child See a Doctor?

Understanding your child’s well-care visit

What is a well-care visit?

child-seeking-medical-attention-picture-id1015455158Just like it’s important to take your child to the doctor when they aren’t feeling well it is also important to keep up on routine well-care visits. Well-care visit help create a comfortable relationship between you, your child, and their provider, offer time to discuss health concerns before they become serious, and help trace growth and development milestones.

Well-care, or often called well-baby and well-child visits, are routine visits to your child's healthcare provider for the following:

  • Physical exam
  • Immunization updates
  • Tracking growth and development milestones
  • 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

Your child's healthcare provider can also share guidance on other issues, such as:

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

When should well-care visits be scheduled?

Your child's healthcare provider 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
  • Each year, between ages 6 and 21

If you’re ready to schedule a well-care visit for you or your child, contact 800.LAKELAND (525.3526) or request an appointment, here.