Well Visits For Newborns, Children And Adolescents
Well visits, are preventative care visits or physicals. They are important to keep your child healthy. At each well visit, your doctor will go over important information about your child’s health and wellness. This can include things like what they eat, if they are active, and how they are doing in school. Your doctor will also ask about your child’s development, discuss their growth, and make sure that they are up to date on all their vaccines (shots). A well visit can also be a good time to bring up any concerns you have about your child’s health. Your child will also get a complete physical at each visit; this is often needed by schools, for physical education and sports teams.
- The first week visit (3 to 5 days old)
- 2 weeks – 1 month-old
- 2 months old
- 4 months old
- 6 months old
- 9 months old
- 12 months old
- 15 months old
- 18 months old
- 2 years old (24 months)
- 2 ½ years old (30 months)
- 3 years old
- Once a year for 4 years and older
Seeing their doctor often for visits will help your child get used to visits. This will also lower any fears they may have about physicals and vaccinations. Talk to you child about what to expect before the visit. Discuss any concerns with your doctor. It is best to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to allow time for checking in.
Schools often require physicals and vaccinations to be completed to enroll patients. They can also require specific forms if your teen is on a sports team. Bring the specific form required by your school with you to your doctor’s appointment.
Yes. Your doctor and clinic will provide you with a note to excuse your child from school on the date of your visit.
Your child’s health plan may provide you with free service to-and-from your child’s appointment.
Yes. You can ask that your clinic schedule all your children’s appointments on the same day. If there are open spots on the schedule, your clinic will fit them in.
You can get your child a physical here: https://dhs.lacounty.gov/our-services/primary-care/pediatrics-and-adolescent-clinics/ or find a location near you: https://dhs.lacounty.gov/our-locations/
Sign up for LA health portal – available for children less than 12 years click here.
You can get resources here: https://dmh.lacounty.gov/
Resources for common questions from parents – American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children.