Keeping your kids healthy starts with regular visits to make sure they’re meeting developmental milestones and growing as they should.
Developed by The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Bright Futures well-child exam schedule offers a set of comprehensive health guidelines known as the “periodicity schedule.”
Well-child visits include screenings and assessments from infancy through adolescence.
Benefits of Well-Child Checks
Tracking your child’s developmental milestones
Milestones are physical and behavioral signs of how your infant, child, adolescent, or teen is growing and developing. Different for every age range, they provide a helpful framework for evaluating your child’s health and are the building blocks for future growth and continued learning. Examples of early childhood developmental milestones include:
Thinking, reasoning, problem-solving, understanding
- Motor coordination
Gross/fine motor skills, jumping, hopping, throwing/catching, drawing, stacking
- Social interaction
Initiating peer contact, group play
Dressing, eating, washing
Raising your concerns, asking questions
Well-child visits are also an opportunity to check in with us and talk about any concerns or questions you have about your child’s physical, emotional, and social health. While there are many different normal paces and patterns of development, well-child exams can help us identify whether your child needs a more detailed check-up.
Staying proactive with your child’s healthcare
Supporting your kids throughout their journey from birth to adulthood includes providing excellent nutrition, ensuring their safety at home and in school, and staying up to date with vaccinations and regular exams.
Pediatrician visits are just as important for healthy children as they are for when your kids are sick. Most of all, they help build relationships based on mutual trust and understanding that create a foundation for your child’s long term wellness.
Well-Child Visit Schedule
- The first week visit (3 to 5 days old)
- 1 month old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 2 years old (24 months)
- 2 ½ years old (30 months)
- Annually, from 3 -21 years old
Detailed Schedule for Preventive Pediatric Health Care
Birth to 6 years
7 to 18 years
Annual Check ups for Adolescents & Teens
Adolescence is a time of transition and change. During this time, you and your kids may have questions about physical and emotional changes, evolving relationships and expectations, school, sexuality, emotional and mental health, and more. We’re here to support you both.
Encouraging independence and responsibility
As parents, it’s important to stay involved in your teen’s health. At the same time, encourage them to take responsibility for their own well-being as they grow into young independent adults.
- Involve them in conversations and decisions regarding their healthcare.
- When age appropriate, encourage them to meet alone with their pediatric provider. This promotes independence and responsibility and allows them to discuss sensitive questions or health topics.
- Reach out to us as a resource. Our team partners with you to meet the unique medical and psychosocial needs of your adolescents and teens. Ensuring their healthy development is our highest priority.
Although our pediatric team addresses the full scope of problems that can affect kids, sometimes additional help is needed for diagnosing or treating more complex conditions. In this case, we can connect you to a pediatric subspecialist. Some pediatric subspecialty areas include:
- Pediatric cardiology
- Pediatric critical care medicine
- Pediatric hematology-oncology
- Pediatric infectious diseases
- Pediatric nephrology
- Pediatric pulmonology
- Pediatric rheumatology