Also known as wellness visits, preventative care visits or physicals.
These visits are usually thought of as a time to see how much your child has grown since his or her last visit and to discuss and possibly administer vaccinations. While that is correct, it is also a time to discuss other topics such as eating, sleeping, toilet training, behavior, development and safety. During these visits we also encourage you to share questions or concerns that matter most to you about your child.
Maintaining a Continuous Relationship
We recommend these visits be scheduled with your child’s primary pediatrician and that they be scheduled well in advance whenever possible. Our pediatricians learn more about your child with each and every wellness visit; all the while developing an understanding of your child’s uniqueness. Maintaining that continuous relationship between the pediatrician and your child is important to the overall quality of care.
What to Expect
You can expect that we will get your child’s physical measurements, including height and weight and that we’ll ask questions to update the health history. Depending on your child’s age we may also do behavioral assessments, blood and/or urine tests, vision and/or hearing screen, immunizations and more.
Recommended Schedule for Wellness Visits
The recommended schedule for these wellness visits is when your child’s age is:
- 3 to 5 days
- 2 weeks
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- 3 years
- 4 years
- 5 years
- And once every year thereafter
Check out our Developmental Care Forms Section to review and complete questionnaires used during key well-child visits.
For more details about vaccine and appointment specifics, view the complete Well-Child Recommended Schedule.