Checkup Schedule

So when are you supposed to bring your child in for a checkup?

The American Academy of Pediatrics, in their latest Recommendations for Preventative Health Care, recommends a prenatal visit and an evaluation at birth and then visits at:

  • by 3-5 days
  • two weeks
  • by one month (often optional)
  • two months
  • four months
  • six months
  • nine months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 30 months (often optional)
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years
  • 6 years
  • 7 years
  • 8 years
  • 9 years
  • 10 years
  • 11 years
  • 12 years
  • 13 years
  • 14 years
  • 15 years
  • 16 years
  • 17 years
  • 18 years
  • 19 years
  • 20 years
  • 21 years

Wait 21 years?

That’s right, many pediatricians see kids until they are 21 years old, although some encourage them to transition to a family doctor after they graduate from high school.

And if you only bring your kids to the pediatrician when they are sick or need vaccines, you are also probably surprised at the number of visits listed. Stick to the schedule. It’s the best way for your pediatrician to monitor your child’s growth and development and identify and address concerns as early as possible.

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