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Well-being visits

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).

Remember to:

  • 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.

  1. “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.

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