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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).

    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.

    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.

    Well checkup at 3 to 7 days

    Your health care provider will examine your baby for a weight and color check.

    The health care provider who cares for your baby in the hospital after birth and who discharges your baby from the hospital will tell you when this office visit is needed.

    It is recommended all babies who are first born, breastfeeding, or who are at an increased risk for jaundice be seen at 3 to 7 days of life.

    More well checkup information by age

    These PDFs outline what may be discussed and shots that may be given during checkups for each age.

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  2 weeks

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  2 months

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  4 months

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  6 months

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  9 months

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  12 months

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  15 months

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  18 months

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  2 years

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  3 years

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  4 years

    Adobe Reader required to view well-child exam handout  5 years

  • 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."
    Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts, including the Pediatric Department of Allina Health Coon Rapids Clinic
    First published: 02/01/2010
    Last reviewed: 01/01/2016

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