Well-child visits are regular medical check-ups. They are important for all children from birth to age 21. The visits may also include immunizations (shots). Well-child visits make sure your child is growing up healthy. If the doctor finds a problem, he or she will watch it and treat it early.
How often should my child have a well-child visit?
- From birth to age 2: 3-5 days, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months and 30 months
- From age 3 through age 21: every year
What will be done at a well-child visit?
- Eye and hearing tests
- Blood pressure check
- Dental check-up
- Any needed shots
- Any needed lab tests
- A check for proper growth and development
- Advice about growth progress
- Screening for lead before a child’s second birthday
- Body Mass Index (BMI) screening (weight and height)
- Counseling for nutrition and physical activity
Will I have to pay for a well-child visit?
No. Well-child visits are a benefit of being a First Choice member.
How do I schedule my child for a well-child visit?
Call your child's primary care provider (PCP) office to make an appointment. When you call, tell them your child is a First Choice member.
Download the well-child schedule.
What does Body Mass Index (BMI) show?
BMI is a number calculated from a person's weight and height. It can help indicate whether a person is obese, overweight, normal weight or underweight. BMI-for-age percentile shows how your child’s weight compares to that of other children of the same age and sex.
Calculate your child or teen’s BMI.