Well Child Visits
Your Child’s Health is our Priority
Well child visits or (annual exams) are important even when children are healthy. Your child's personal doctor will evaluate your child's general health, growth and development. Your child's personal doctor will also give you information and give your child needed medical services, such as:
- Health exams
- Tests, such as vision, hearing and lab services
- Shots (vaccinations)
- Lead screening (children under 3 years or as needed for older children)
- Tracking growth and development
- Medical referrals to specialists, if needed
How often does my child need a well-child visit?
- Six visits are needed from birth to 15 months of age
- Annual visits are needed for children ages three to 21
A sick child should see a doctor, what about a healthy child?
It is important to get a personal care physician (PCP) and to use the same personal care physician as much as possible for your child's health care needs. A personal care physician:
- Helps you get care for your child
- Provides care when your child is sick
- Knows your child's medical history and the family history
- Keeps track of your child's medical services, such as immunizations (shots)
- Can give you important information about your child's growth and development
- Refers your child to a specialist when needed
- Helps to coordinate your child's health needs
What happens at a well-child visit?
Your child’s personal care physician (PCP) or nurse should:
- Review your child’s developmental milestones.
- Ensure that your child receives all needed immunizations.
- Provide age-appropriate screening tests, such as blood pressure and vision tests.
- Perform any needed laboratory tests such as a lead poisoning check.
- Explain the results of any tests and procedures.
- If treatment is necessary, explain the options thoroughly.
- Answer your questions.
- Make referrals to specialists if needed.
- Records in the medical record the care your child received.
Since, well child visits can play an instrumental role in the fight against preventable illness, please contact your child’s primary care physician and schedule an appointment today.
If you have any concerns about the quality of care or services you are receiving, discuss them with your child’s doctor. You may also contact HAP Client Services at 1-800-422-4641. Visit Health and Wellness for more information on Child Health.