Kids & Pediatric Preventive Service

Make Sure Your Child Heads Back to School Healthy

As the end of summer break nears and school preparations begin, make sure your child heads back to school healthy. To ensure they are in tip-top shape to begin the school year, schedule a well-child visit with your health care provider.

Why well-child visits are important

“It’s important to take your child to their health care provider when they are sick or injured,” says Steven Harmon, DO. “But routine well-care visits may be just as important in the overall comprehensive care and well-being of a child. Also, your child’s school may ask for a copy of their annual well-child visit to keep on file.”

Unlike sick visits, more time is allotted for well-child visits so your child’s health care provider can accomplish the following:

  • Physical exam
  • Immunization updates
  • Tracking growth and development
  • Discussing problems before they become serious
  • Providing information on health and safety issues
  • Providing information on nutrition and physical fitness
  • Providing information on how to manage emergencies and illnesses


Your child’s health care provider can also provide guidance on other issues, including:

  • Behavioral problems
  • Learning problems
  • Emotional problems
  • Family problems
  • Socialization problems
  • Puberty and concerns for teenage years

When should well-child visits be scheduled?

Your child’s health care provider will give you a schedule of ages when a well-child visit is suggested. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends well-child visits at the following ages:

  • Before a newborn is discharged from the hospital, or at 48 to 72 hours of age
  • 3 to 5 days
  • 2 to 4 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years
  • Once a year, between ages 6 and 21

Are well-child visits covered by insurance?

Yes, by almost all health plans. Most health plans must cover a set of preventive health services, including shots and screening tests for children at no cost. This includes Marketplace and Medicaid coverage. These services are free only when delivered by a doctor or other provider in your plan’s network. Check with your insurance before scheduling an appointment.

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