Kids seem to grow right before our eyes, which is why routine check-ups are so important. Well-child visits let your child’s healthcare provider monitor his or her overall health and development.
Your child’s healthcare provider may talk about physical and emotional development, safety and injury prevention and a healthy diet during each visit. These checkups are also a good time for you to ask about any concerns you may have.
Screenings for Children Ages Two to 10
When your child turns two, his or her preventive healthcare visits will become less frequent – only once a year. During your child’s annual check-up, he or she may get these screenings and tests:
- Height, weight and Body Mass Index (BMI)*
- Blood pressure (starting at age 3)
- Development and behavior tests
- Age-specific immunizations
*BMI for children is a percentile number calculated from their body weight and height. This BMI-for-Age percentile takes body fat changes by gender and age into account to screen for overweight or obesity.
Screenings for Children Ages 11 to 18
From ages 11 to 18, your child will likely get the screenings and tests listed above. In addition, he or she may receive counseling to avoid high-risk behaviors.
Learn more about the preventive healthcare your child should receive from ages two to 18 by visiting Healthfinder.gov.
The recommendations in this article are not a replacement for your doctor’s advice. They are intended only as general guidelines for preventive care. Please consider the information presented here, but make sure to talk to your doctor about screenings and exams you may need now and on a regular basis, depending on your current health, family history and other individual factors.