What is a well-care visit?
In addition to taking your child to the healthcare provider when your child is ill, or needs an exam 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 healthcare provider for the following:
Tracking growth and development
Finding any problems before they become serious
Providing information on health and safety issues
Providing information on nutrition and physical fitness
Providing information on how to manage emergencies and illnesses
Your child's healthcare provider can also provide guidance on other issues, like the following:
Puberty and concerns about teenage years
When should well-care visits be scheduled?
Your child's healthcare provider will give you a schedule of ages when a well-care visit is suggested. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends 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