Focus on kids health

If you are looking for tips on how to keep your child well, this is the right place. Your children have different health needs. We don’t want to treat them like little adults.

How does your baby grow?
Your children are not alike. They differ in the way they look and learn. Even if your children are not sick, they need to see the doctor often. Well-child visits can help your children stay healthy. Tests can find diseases early when they are easier to treat. These visits may include tests. Your child’s doctor can give these tests at the right time. You just need to bring your child in based on your child’s age. If your child has missed some well-child visits, do not worry, but do not delay.

How often do you take your child for a well-child visit?

Are all those vaccines necessary? 
Shots can prevent some fatal diseases. Doctors suggest that all healthy children birth through 18 years of age be given shots. Learn more about immunization schedules.

Your children are at risk if they come in contact with lead. Lead can be found in older house paints, soil, clay products, pipes, and solder. The Medicaid program rules say all children must be tested for lead. Tests are for ages 1 and 2 years old. All children above age 3 who have not been tested should be given a lead test. This test should be done at least once between the ages of 3 and 6 years. Those at high-risk may need to be checked more often. Your children are at high risk if they have a history of lead poison. Your children are at high risk if you live in an old home or apartment. Your child’s doctor can perform a lead test.

This free program supports health care for infants, children and youth up to age 21. We give you the right resources to help check your child’s health. No prior approval is required if EPSDT services are given by your doctor or your local health department. Your doctor may refer your child to a specialist if more tests or exams are needed.     

EPSDT checkups include:

  • Well-child exams and blood lead level testing
  • Oral exams
  • Vision exams to identify vision problems
  • Hearing exams to identify and treat hearing defects
  • Immunizations

Dental checkups
Oral checkups may be given by your child’s doctor, but they do not take the place of a checkup with a dentist. Routine checkups with a dentist are important for your child’s health.  Talk to your doctor to learn more about dental checkups.

  • Children under 21 years old are eligible for dental checkups.
  • Your child should start going to the dentist by age 1.
  • It is important to have a checkup with a dentist every six months.
  • Scion Dental is the dental provider for Aetna Better Health of West Virginia children. If you need to talk to Scion Dental, call Scion Dental Customer Service at 1-888-983-4693, TTY: 1-800-508-6975.

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