Community Health Systems, Inc.

What Your Should Know About Well-Child Exams

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Healthy kids are better prepared to do well in school!

Well child check ups are designed to help keep your child(ren) healthy. During these routine, preventative appointments your Provider is able to check basic health indicators such as height, weight, blood pressure, vision, and hearing – potentially catching medical concerns early on or stopping them before they even start.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), these well-child visits are essential for many reasons, including:

  • Tracking growth and development including milestones, social behaviors, and learning.
  • Discussing any concerns about your child’s health.
  • Getting scheduled vaccinations to prevent illnesses like measles and whooping cough (pertussis) and 12 other serious diseases.

How often should I schedule well-child exam?

When you should come in for a well-child visit depends on your child’s age. We follow guidelines set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Well-child visits are recommended at the following ages for infants and toddlers:

  • First-week visit (3-5 days old)
  • 2 weeks old
  • 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)

Children and young adults age 3 to 21 should come in for a visit once a year.

Is there a cost for well-child exams?

There is no cost for a well-child exam for those with most insurances. including Medicaid. Please show your insurance information or CARE Program information at your visit. If your child receives more services than a well-child exam at their visit, you may need to pay a deductible or copay. To learn what services your insurance covers, speak with our enrollment services team at CHS during your next visit, or visit the Wisconsin DHS website here.

If your child is due for a visit, please give our office a call at (608) 361-0311