Well-child exams are preventive medical care for your child. Children 18 months to 18 years should receive well-child care exams. We think these healthcare exams are so important that we want to reward your child during each visit. Our Reach Out and Read Program awards your child a new book at every well-child care visit.
We’ll want to continue seeing your child on a regular basis but not nearly as often as during the first 18 months. From now on, plan to schedule checkups during these times:
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 3 years
- 4 years
- 5 years
- 6 years
- 8 years
- 10 years
- 11-18 years (every year)
Young people 12-18 have the option of getting regular checkups in our Adolescent Medicine Clinic.
What Happens during Well-Child Care Exams?
We look for many of the same things we followed during the first 18 months of your child’s life:
- Signs of normal physical development: height, weight, movement, hearing, vision
- Signs of an expanding vocabulary
- Signs of growing interactive social skills
Childhood immunizations continue throughout this period, especially before your child enters school. Well-child care adds at least two more areas of coverage: school-readiness physical exams and nutrition counseling.
Health Care for School Readiness
Before your child can begin school, he will need to pass a physical exam that reassures the school system that he is not a threat to other children’s health. Preschool physical exams help us rule out the presence of any infectious or contagious diseases. They also let us provide you information to give to the school and teachers that they might need to protect your child. This might include allergies, medication needs, or activities your child should not participate in.
School-readiness exams often help us identify asthma in young children. Asthma attacks a growing number of children in our community. Regular checkups help us diagnose asthma and treat it early. Learn more about our Pediatric Asthma services.
Similarly, if your child wants to play on a school sports team, she will need to get a sports clearance physical exam. Our pediatrician examines your child and provides written approval for her to engage in the activities required by the sport.
Childhood is the time when children develop many of the eating habits that will serve them or limit them for the rest of their lives. Let us help you get them off to the right start nutritionally. We provide nutrition counseling as part of our pediatric care for your children.
What to feed your children to balance the nutrients growing children need and how much to feed them is one of the most important decisions you will make everyday. A proper diet can help protect your children against obesity, allergies, asthma, and other chronic illnesses now and later in their lives. This is the time for them to learn how to eat properly. Let us help.
- Make an Appointment with one of our pediatricians.
- Talk to someone about our pediatric asthma services.
- Learn about our dental services for children.
- Find out more about our behavioral health services for children.
- Learn about Medi-Cal and other payment options for your child’s care.
- Discover why older children, 12-18, might want to get their checkups in our Adolescent Clinic.