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.