Well Child Visit Schedule

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends well child visits at the following times:

  • Before your newborn is discharged from the hospital.
  • If your baby is discharged before two full days of life, your baby should be seen again within 48 and 72 hours.
  • During the first year of life – a visit at about 2 – 4 weeks of age and at 2, 4, 6, 9, and 12 months of age
  • During the second year of life – visits at 15, 18, 24 and 30 months of age
  • In early childhoodyearly visits from 3 – 5 years of age
  • During early school years – visits at 6, 8, and 10 years of age
  • In adolescence and early adulthoodyearly visits from 11-21 years of age

The Well Child Visit

Well child visits are more important than you might imagine. The visits allow your doctor to evaluate your child’s general health, growth, and development. When children are sick, they don’t feel like showing the doctor how well they walk or talk. They don’t relate very well either, so their social skills cannot be evaluated. A well child visit requires a well child. A 6-month-old’s appointment for an ear infection can’t be used for the 6-month well child visit.

1 month

Thumb sucking

2 months

Child Care
Returning to work

4 months

Talking to your baby
Bedtime routine
Age-appropriate toys
Reading to your baby

6 months

Talking to your baby
Daily routine
Transitional object
(stuffed animal)

9 months

Talking to your baby
Safe exploration
Simple rules like “don’t touch”
Transitional object
Bedtime routine

1 year

Language development
Safe play
Consistent rules
Hitting, biting

15 months

Power struggles
Negative behavior

18 months

Appropriate language
Power struggles
Praising positive behavior
Night waking, night fears, nightmares

2 years

Praising positive behavior
Appropriate language
Parallel play
Limits and structure
Toilet training
3 years
Praising positive behavior
Preschool readiness
Physical activity

4 years

Praising positive behavior
School readiness
Family chores

5 years

Health habits
TV limits
Bedtime 7-8 p.m.
Personal care and hygiene
Hand washing

6 years

Team sports
Family chores
Teaching child right and wrong
Impulse control
Managing anger
Child’s friends
School performance

8 years

Healthy habits
Tobacco, alcohol, drug education
Education about pubertal changes
Peer relationships

10 years

Bedtime 8-9 p.m.
Homework spot
Acceptance of diversity
Opportunities for success
Education about pubertal changes

11-14 years

TV and computer limits
Time management
Family time
Team sports
Family rules
Sexuality issues, sex identification, abstinence, protected sex, sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs)
Substance abuse, alcohol, tobacco

15-17 years

School work
Life plans
Safe driving
New skills like life saving, peer mentoring
Sexuality issues, STDs, abstinence
Substance abuse, alcohol, tobacco

[info] The information on this website is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to be diagnostic or therapeutic. All charts and schedules are guidelines, which our physicians attempt to follow. In certain circumstances, the physicians may deviate from these guidelines without comprising the standard of care. [/info]


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