Well-child visits help keep your child healthy. During the well-child visit, the doctor will check your child’s growth and development by measuring your child’s height and weight, and check his/her hearing and vision. When your child reaches the right age, the doctor will schedule a lead poisoning screening and immunizations (shots) that help to prevent disease. The doctor will tell you about normal development. You’ll also talk about eating well, sleep, safety, and shots. Write down what you want to ask and bring it to every visit.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests this schedule of well-child visits:
- 3-5 days
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- You should take your child to the doctor every year starting at age 3
Young children learn and develop at their own pace. Yet, children are all similar in some ways. It’s important for you to note that your child will reach milestones at his or her own pace. Common developmental milestones are listed in the Well Child Visit Tracker 0-6 years old and Grow Up Healthy PDFs listed below.
These lists are not meant to take the place of talking with your child’s doctor. Speak with the doctor if your child seems different or you are worried about how your child is developing.