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It's important for your child to have regularly scheduled
called well-child visits, beginning shortly after birth and lasting through the teen years.
These appointments allow your doctor to keep a
close eye on your child's general health and development. Finding possible
problems early gives your child the best chance for proper and successful
treatment. Also, any concerns you have about your child can be discussed during
During these visits, the
doctor examines your child and asks you questions about your child's
development and behavior.
Immunizations also are either given or scheduled at
Your child's doctor will recommend a schedule for well-child visits. One example is for visits at ages:1
After age 3, well-child visits are usually scheduled yearly through
the teen years.
CitationsAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (2008). Recommendations
for preventive pediatric health care. In Bright Futures: Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children, and Adolescents,
3rd ed., p. 591. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics. Also
http://brightfutures.aap.org/pdfs/Guidelines_PDF/20-Appendices_PeriodicitySchedule.pdf.Other Works ConsultedAmerican Academy of Pediatrics (2010). Diagnosis and prevention of iron deficiency and iron-deficiency anemia in infants and young children (0–3 years of age). Pediatrics, 126(5): 1040–1050. Available online: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/126/5/1040.
January 22, 2013
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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