From Birth to High school Graduation: When to Take Your child in for medical Checkups

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By :  Carol Wilson

There’s a myriad amount of information that new parents needs to know before bringing baby home, and some of the most crucial information is related to well-child visits.

Your child’s body will experience constant growth and change from birth until early adulthood, and to make sure that their growth is healthy and normal, you will need to stay on top of when to take them in for physical exams.

The following is a preventive health care schedule recommended by the U.S. national library of Medicine.

As always, schedule a check out to a medical clinic and seek advice from your pediatrician for a lot more certain recommendations on your child’s health care plan.

Preventive health care Schedule

If you have high-risk pregnancy, your doctor must recommend that you check out a pediatrician before the baby is born to go over what to expect after the birth. Some parents also must check out a pediatrician before the birth if they have any questions or worries about feeding, circumcision (problems with phimosis must be attended to by phimosis cure) or other general care questions. If you are breastfeeding your baby, the child’s first pediatrician check out must come two to three days after being released from the hospital. For all other babies (breastfed or not) who are released from the healthcare facility before they are two days old, the first doctor check out must happen before they are five days old. However, some health care companies will allow experienced parents to wait until the baby is one to two weeks old before going in for the first checkup.

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After the first well-child checkup, check outs must occur at the following frequencies. Although they can vary, depending on your child’s individual health care needs:

– by 1 month (experienced parents may wait until 2 months)
– 2 months
– 4 months
– 6 months
– 9 months
– 1 year
– 15 months
– 18 months
– 2 years
– 3 years
– 4 years
– 5 years
– 6 years
– 8 years
– 10 years
– annually after that until age 21 (especially if your child is physically active in any organized sport).

The NLM also reminds parents that, in addition to these visits, your child must check out their pediatrician any time they seem ill or if you are anxious about their health or development.

For a lot more information on how to spot health problem or developmental problems, contact your health insurance provider’s nurse hotline or your child’s pediatrician.

Carol Wilson is a freelance writer and blogger who specializes in topics related to the service world; including marketing, entrepreneurship, small service ownership and even service insurance. She is also a mommy who enjoys sharing the parenting recommendations she has been given with others. Carol welcomes your comments at

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