Well Child Visits
Well-child visits provide the best opportunities to deliver evidence-based preventative services. These services include administering immunizations, assessing growth and development, and counseling children and parents about behavioral issues, nutrition, exercise, and prevention of unintentional injury. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently updated its recommendations on preventive health care for children to include autism screening at 18 and 24 months of age, cholesterol screening between nine and 11 years of age, and annual screening for high blood pressure beginning at three years of age.
Recommended Preventive Services for children.
Congenital hypothyroidism, screening
Hearing loss, screening
Ocular gonorrhea infection, preventive medication
Sickle cell disease, screening
|Children six months and older||Fluoride supplementation in areas where the primary water source is deficient in fluoride|
|Children three to five years of age||Visual impairment, screening|
|School-aged children||Tobacco use, counseling to prevent initiation|
|Children six years and older||Obesity, screening|
|Children 10 years and older||Skin cancer, counseling to reduce risk|
|Children 12 years and older||Depression, screening|
|Sexually active adolescents||Sexually transmitted infections, counseling to reduce risk|
|Sexually active adolescent females||Gonorrhea and chlamydia infections, screening|