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Well-care visits for your child

​Well-care visits are an opportunity for your child's doctor to check your child's development.

They are more frequent when the child is an infant, but still important for older children.

Your child will be examined for any developmental problems and given the appropriate immunizations.

Your child's Marshfield Clinic doctor is you best resource for keeping your child healthy.

Well-Care Visits

Toddler having a well care visit at the pediatrician.

What is a well-care visit?

In addition to taking your child to the healthcare provider 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 visits to the child's healthcare provider 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

Your child's healthcare provider 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 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

  • Annually, between the ages of 6 and 21 years

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What Do You Know About Child Development?

Test your knowledge of child development by taking this quiz.

1. When riding in a motor vehicle, how tall should a child be to sit in a regular seat and use an adult seat belt instead of a being strapped into a car safety seat or booster seat?
2. For which of these should you call your doctor instead of trying at-home treatment?
3. Two out of 3 teen girls don't get enough of which of these in their diet?
4. How much has the rate of obesity in children increased in the last 35 years?
5. Menstruation can begin at which of these ages in girls?
6. It's estimated that 3 to 7 percent of American school children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Which of these famous people is thought to have had the condition?