Be sure your child has a checkup at birth and when he or she is:1
- 3–5 days old for newborns discharged less than 48 hours after delivery
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 24 months old
- 30 months old
- Once every year for ages 3–20
These visits help your child’s doctor detect, diagnose, and treat health problems as early as possible.
Well-being visits can include:
- Preventive and comprehensive services
- Physical exams
- Growth measurements
- Immunizations and vaccines, PDF opens in new window
- Vision and hearing screenings
- Dental screenings
- Other important tests and services
- Referrals for diagnosis and treatment, if necessary
Things change—and the medicine a child takes may need to change, too
During a well visit, a doctor will ask:
- About any medicine that a child takes
- Why the child takes the medicine
- If the child responds well or not to the medicine
You and your child’s doctor will decide together when your child should start or stop taking a specific medicine. This is called deprescribing.
To help make sure your child takes the right medicine at the right time:
- Talk to your child’s doctor
- Keep track of your child’s medicine
- Make sure your child takes medicine as prescribed
Get more information about medicine use in youth
Need help finding a doctor for your child? Use our online Find a Doctor service. You also can call us at 800-444-9137 (TTY: 711).
- Make and keep appointments with your child’s doctor when your child is well, not just when your child is sick
- Talk to your child’s doctor about any concerns you have
Be sure to call your child’s doctor today to set up the next well-being visit.
- “Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment,” Medicaid.gov, last accessed June 23, 2021, https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/early-and-periodic-screening-diagnostic-and-treatment/index.html.