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General Screenings

Well Baby Visits

Babies need to visit the doctor for a well-baby visit six times during their first year. A well-baby visit is when you take your baby to the doctor for a full checkup to make sure he or she is healthy and developing normally.

Ages 0-11 Months
Well Child Visits

Children need to visit the doctor for a well-child visit seven times between the ages of one and four, and once a year between the ages of five and seventeen. Well-child visits occur when you take your child to the doctor for a full checkup to make sure he or she is healthy and developing normally.

Ages 1-4 Ages 5-10 Ages 11-14 Ages 15-17
Blood Pressure Checks

If high blood pressure isn’t identified at a young age, it may go undiagnosed for years, eventually leading to organ damage and other health problems in adulthood

Healthy Children Resource
Child Development Monitoring and Screening

The early years of a child’s life are very important for his or her health development. Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving are all called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, act, and move.

CDC Resource CDC Developmental Milestones
Hearing Screening

Most children hear and listen to sounds at birth, and learn to talk by imitating the sounds they hear around them and the voices of their parents and caregivers. But that’s not true for all children. Some are born with detectable hearing loss in one or both ears, and many lose hearing later in childhood. Children with hearing loss may not learn speech and language as well as children who can hear, which is why it’s important to detect deafness or hearing loss as soon as possible.

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Lead Exposure Testing

Contact with lead can cause problems with children’s learning, behavior, and development. You can come into contact with lead by swallowing or breathing it. In the US, most people come into contact with lead from pain in homes built before 1978.

CDC Resource HealthFinder Resource
Skin Cancer Screenings

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect your skin from the sun and other sources of UV rays. You are at higher risk of developing skin cancer if you have fair skin with freckles, blond or red hair, or blue or green eyes. Talk to your doctor if you are at a higher risk of skin cancer or have unusual looking or a large amount of moles.

CDC Resource Melanoma Risk Assessment Stanford Children's Resource
Dental Checks

Your child’s baby teeth are important, and hold space for adult teeth. Taking care of your child’s teeth will protect your child from tooth decay and cavities.

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Vision Checks

It’s important for all children to have their vision checked at least once between the ages of three and five. Even if children don’t show signs of eye problems, they still need their vision checked. Finding and treating early eye problems can save a child’s sight.

CDC Resource HealthFinder Resource Lazy Eye (Amblyopia) Crossed Eyes (Strabismus)

Discussions to Have With Your Child's Doctor

Adolescents - Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Testing

Chlamydia and gonorrhea are sexually transmitted diseases, and getting tested is the only way to know for sure if you have an STD. Women 24 years old and younger who are having sex should be tested once per year, and those who are 25 or older should be tested if they have more than one sex partner, a new sex partner, or a sex partner with an STD. Men should consult their doctors to find out if they should be tested for STDs.

CDC Resource HealthFinder Resource
Adolescents - Choosing the Right Birth Control

Birth control, or contraception, can help you prevent pregnancy when you dont want to have a baby, and there isnt one method of birth control thats right for everybody.

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Adolescents - HIV Testing

The only way to know if you have HIV is to get tested, and you can have HIV and still feel healthy. Everyone ages 15-65 needs to get tested for HIV at least once, and how often you get tested depends on your risk of infection.

CDC Resource HealthFinder Resource HIV Questions For Your Doctor
Adolescents - Tobacco Screening and Education

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My Kaman Health Resources for Parents Teen Smoking Risks PHS Guidelines for Adolescent Smokers
Depression

If your child is between the ages of 12 and 18, as your doctor about screening for depression, even if you don’t see signs of a problem.

My Kaman Health Depression Info CDC Resource HealthFinder Resource
Obesity

Help your child stay at a healthy weight by balancing what your child eats with physical activity. Two of the best ways to do this are to help your child and family eat healthy foods and to become more physically active as a family.

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