Kids Never Outgrow Regular Checkups

Babies need to see the doctor often—even when they’re healthy. By the time a child is 2 years old, she should have had almost a dozen well-child visits. Older children need fewer checkups. But well-child visits are still important as children grow.

Starting at age 3, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a once- a-year well-child visit. In fact, children should have annual visits from age 3 until age 21.

Well-child visits are not just for shots. The pediatrician will make sure your child’s immunizations are up-to-date. But the doctor will also examine your child to see how he or she is developing.

Your child will probably have his or her height and weight measured. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute recommend that all children be screened for high cholesterol between ages 9 and 11, regardless of family history, and again between ages 17 and 21.  

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