Well-child checkup schedule
Because children are changing all the time, it is important you make sure their growth is on track. Taking them to their PCP on a regular basis is a way to keep up with this growth. You’ll have more well-child visits during the first year of life. Then, they’ll slow down along with the child’s growth.
Each visit includes a complete physical exam. The PCP will check the infant’s or toddler’s growth and check for any problems.
Your child’s PCP will also check your child's height, weight, hearing, and vision. He or she also will give you advice to keep your child healthy.
During your well-child visits, you’ll also get a lot of information about your child’s normal growth. This includes what he should eat, how much he should sleep, and how to keep him safe. You’ll also learn about the diseases that are "going around” and how to prevent or treat them.
To make the most of these visits, write down any questions you have and bring them with you. Below is the usual schedule for checkups:
- Neonatal (from birth to I month after birth)
- Under 6 weeks
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- 3 yrs - 20 yrs (one every year)
Of course, you should always call your doctor or set up a visit anytime your child has:
- Trouble sleeping
- Behavior that’s troubling or different than usual
- Fever of 103 or higher
- Rashes or skin infections
- Frequent sore throats
- Trouble breathing
- Gained or lost a lot of weight