What is a well-care visit?
In addition to taking your child to the doctor when your child is ill, or needs an examination to participate in a particular activity, routine well-care visits are recommended.
Well-care, well-baby, or well-child visits are routine visits to the child's doctor for the following reasons:
Tracking growth and development
Finding any problems before they become serious
Information on health and safety issues
Information on nutrition and physical fitness
Information on how to manage emergencies and illnesses
Your child's doctor can also provide guidance on other issues, such as the following:
Puberty and concerns about teenage years
When should well-care visits be scheduled?
Your child's doctor will give you a schedule of ages when a well-care visit is suggested. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends this schedule for routine well-care visits at the following ages:
Before a newborn is discharged from the hospital, or at 48 to 72 hours of age
3 to 5 days
2 to 4 weeks
Annually, between the ages of 6 and 21 years