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Well checkups

Your child will need wellness checkups at ages 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 3 years, 4 years and 5 years.

School girl smiles because she received her check up and got the immunizations she needed to start school.

During these checkups, your health care provider will assess your child's physical and emotional development, give guidance and immunizations (shots), and do any needed tests.

This is also a great time to talk with your health care provider about concerns or questions you have about your child's development (physical, mental or social).

To schedule a checkup,
call your clinic.
For clinic phone numbers, use our
clinic finder.

Schedule or cancel appointments online with MyChart.

If your child does not reach a certain milestone for his age, don't worry. Your health care provider can help you recognize signs if you think your child may have a developmental delay.


Your child may be at risk for lead poisoning if you live in or regularly visit an old house that has chipped or peeling paint. Talk with your health care provider about lead tests if:

  • you live in or visit a house built before 1950
  • you live in or visit a house built before 1978 that has current or planned renovation or remodeling
  • another child in that house was treated or followed for lead poisoning

If you have a concern or question in between well checkups, please call your clinic. For an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Guide for the Care of Children: Ages Birth to 5 Years Old, fifth edition

To avoid awkward sentences, instead of referring to your child as "he/she" or "him/her," this guide will alternate between "he" or she" and "him" or "her."

First published: 02/01/2010
Last updated: 01/01/2014

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic