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Well Child Visits – Key to Keeping Kids Healthy! 


The Healthy Kids Program

A sick child should see a doctor. What about a healthy child?

It is important to get a personal doctor and to use the same personal doctor as much as possible for your child's healthcare needs. A personal doctor:

Well child visits (or check ups) are important, even when children are healthy. Well child check ups will help to keep your child healthy. Your child's personal doctor will evaluate your child's general health, growth and development. Your child's personal doctor will also give you information and give your child needed medical services, such as:

With the help of regular well child visits, your child’s doctor can often detect and address health problems before they become more serious.

Your children's personal doctor will review your child's health and family history. Well child visits let you and your child get to know the doctor and the doctor can get to know you and your child. The doctor will keep your child's medical record.

Ask your questions…these visits are the time to ask and receive information about:

An exam when your child is sick is focused on the illness or problem and your doctor will not likely have as much time to do a full exam. Your child will get a complete exam at the well child visit. Make your appointment right away!

Recommended Well Child Visit Schedule:

First year of life

Ages 2 through 6:

Second year of life

Ages 6 through 20:

Some children may need more frequent and comprehensive visits, depending on their condition.

It is important to let your local office know of address changes. You will receive a notice from HFS every year your child is eligible. The notice reminds you to make an appointment for the well child visit. You can view the Healthy Kids Annual Notice HFS 1802.

You will also receive a notice when your child is due for his or her next well child screening. Make an appointment right away! For help to locate a doctor, call 1-866-4-OUR-KIDS (1-866-468-7543) (TTY: 1-877-204-1012).


For help finding and paying for transportation to your child's dentist or doctor, call 1-877-725-0569.


For a copy of the Child Health Exam Form (pdf) Required for School Physicals.