Health Screening Guidelines for Children

These guidelines are recommendations for healthy children free of symptoms and with no risk factors. If your child has a medical condition or has risk factors in association with a condition or disease, your healthcare provider may recommend an altered schedule of screenings.

Childhood is a time of rapid growth and change. During your child’s life they will have many pediatric well-child visits to ensure. Each visit includes a complete physical examination.

Well-Child Visits
Babies should have six well-child visits with their healthcare provider during the first year of life.

Babies need to see their healthcare provider two to three days after coming home from the hospital. After the first visit, well-child exams occur at the following ages:
• 1 month old
• 2 months old
• 4 months old
• 6 months old
• 9 months old

Kids ages one to four years of age should have seven well-child visits with their healthcare provider at the following ages:
• 12 months old
• 15 months old (1 year and 3 months)
• 18 months old (1 year and 6 months)
• 24 months old (2 years)
• 30 months old (2 years and 6 months)
• 3 years old
• 4 years old

Kids ages five to 17 years of age should make annual well-child visits with their healthcare provider.

Well-child visits are regular scheduled exams. If you are at all worried about your child’s health, don’t wait until the next scheduled visit; call your healthcare provider right away.

Immunizations
Immunizations provide good protection against diseases that could have harmful effects.

Childhood schedule – birth to 6 years oldClick image above to view printable .pdf document.

Catch-up schedule – 4 months to 18 years

Click image above to view printable .pdf document.

Adapted: American Academy of Pediatrics, HealthFinder.gov, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Texas Department of State Health Services



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