Well-Child Visits

Should you take your child to their Well-Child Visits during COVID-19?

Yes. Call your child's primary care provider (PCP) before going to your child's visit. Ask what safety steps their office is taking to keep you and your child safe. Also ask what you need to do to prepare and what to expect when you take your child for their visit.

Other tips to keep yourself and others safe when going to your child's doctor visit:

  • Wear a face covering that covers your mouth and nose
  • Stay at least 6 feet from other people
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth or your elbow when you cough or sneeze

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What is a Well-Child Visit?


Well-child visits help you know that your child is on track with their health and growth. These visits start when your child is young and continue until they are a young adult. Your child's doctor wants to see your child at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, and once each year from ages 3 to 21. During these visits, your child will get a head-to-toe check-up. Your child will get immunizations if needed. Well-child visits are at no cost to all PHC members.

You may be asked to fill out a form (Staying Healthy Assessment) that helps your child's health care team get to know about your child's life at home. This form will be filled 1 time every 2 years from ages 1 to 5. Your child's medical provider will review the form with you every year.

Before you take your child for the well-child visit, make a list of questions or concerns you may have about your child's health and growth. Learning about your concerns can help the health care team find ways to support you and your child.

Partnership HealthPlan of California pays for well-child visits and immunizations. Before leaving the medical office, ask the health care team when and how to make the next appointment. As a helpful reminder, try to schedule these visits during your child's birth month. Think about setting a reminder on your phone or calendar to call the month before your child's birthday to make an appointment.

Immunizations are one of the best ways to keep you and your family healthy and protected from dangerous illnesses. The chart below shows what's needed, including immunizations, at well-child visits from ages 0 to 6.

Well Child Visit Schedule and Health Assesments

 

Birth - 24 Months

 

​Age

​Birth

​2

Months

​4

 Months

​6

Months

​9

Months

​12

Months

​15

Months

18

Months​

​24

Months

​Physical Exam​​üüüüüüüüü
Height & Weight​​üüüüüüüüü
Vision & Hearing üü​​ü​​ü​​ü​​ü​​ü​​ü​​ü
Developmental Screening ü​​​ü​​​ü​​ü​​ü​​ü​​​ü​​​ü​​ü
Vaccines

HepB

​HepB

Rotovirus

DTaP

Hib

PCV

IPV

 

Rotovirus

DTaP

Hib

PCV

IPV

​HepB

Rotovirus

DTaP

Hib

PCV

IPV

Flu

​MMR

Varicella

HepA

​DTaP

Hib

PCV

 

​HepA

​Blood Lead Testing üü
Advice​​üüüüüüüüü

 

3 - 6 years of age 

​Age

​3

 Years

​4

Years

​5

Years

​6

Years

​Physical Examüüüü
Height & Weightüüüü
Vision & Hearingüüüü
Developmental Screening üüüü
Vaccines

​DTaP

IPV

MMR

Varicella

Flu 

​Blood Lead Testing

ü

(if there isn't a blood lead test on record) 

​​Adviceüüüü

 

​Immunizations Explained

​DTaP

​Protects your child from: Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (whooping cough)
How many doses: 5
Doses at: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 15 through 18 months, and the 5th dose between ages 4 and 6

​​HepA​Protects your child from: Hepatitis A
How many doses: 2
Doses occur at: 12 through 23 months and a second dose 6 months following first dose
HepBProtects your child from: Hepatitis B
How many doses: 3
Doses occur at: Shortly after birth, at 1 through 2 months, and at 6 through 18 months
​Hib​Protects your child from: Haemophilus
How many doses: 3
Doses occur at: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months (if needed; depends on brand), and 12 through 15 months
​Influenza​Protects your child from: Flu
How many doses: Every year in the fall
​IPV​Protects your child from: Polio
How many doses: 4
Doses occur at: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and the 4th dose between ages 4 and 6
​MMR​Protects your child from: Measles, Mumps and Rubella (German Measles)
How many doses: 2
Doses occur at: 12 months of age and the 2nd dose between ages 4 and 6
​PCV​​Protects your child from: Pneumococcal
How many doses: 4
Doses occur at: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and between 12-15 months
​Rotovirus​​Protects your child from: Rotovirus
How many doses: 2 or 3 (depending on brand)
Doses occur at: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months,
​Varicella​Protects your child from: Chicken Pox
How many doses: 2
Doses occur at: 12 months of age and between ages 4 and 6

 

Developmental Milestones

One of the important things your medical provider will talk with you about at well-child visits is your child's developmental milestones. A milestone is a behavior that your child will develop as they grow. Ask questions if you have concerns about your child's growth, development, or behavior.

Here are some examples of age-specific milestones: 

12 Months (1 Year)

  • Has favorite things and people

  • Responds to simple spoken requests

  • Finds hidden things easily

  • Gets to a sitting position without help

 

  3 Years

  • Shows affection for friends
  • Takes turns in games
  • Follows instructions of 2 to 3 steps
  • Can name familiar things

 

  5 Years 

  • Wants to please friends and others

  • Can tell what is real and what is make-believe

  • Tell stories using full sentences

  • Can print some letters and numbers

 

Transportation

Do you need help getting to and from your child's medical appointments? MTM can help. MTM has a few options based on your needs. MTM can pay for gas if you are using your car. They can also arrange for a taxi to pick you up and take you back home. Call MTM if you have questions or you want transportation. The number is (800) 863-4155.  For more information about your options click on one of the links below.

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​24 Months (2 Years)

  • Gets excited when with other children
  • Points at things or pictures when they are named
  • Begins to sort shapes and colors
  • Kicks a ball 

 

​  4 Years

  • Creative with make-believe play

 

  6 years

  • Shows more independence from patents

  • Wants to be liked and accepted by friends

  • Understands more about their place in the world

  • Starts to think about the future

 

Learn More

American Academy of Pediatrics -
Healthy Children Well-Child Care
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CDC Childhood Milestones
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