What is a well-child exam?
Well-child visits (or exams) are routine checkups done to monitor a child's development, as well as assess the general well-being of a child's health. Well-child visits play a key part in preventive health care, measuring a child's growth, tracking developmental progress, and receiving medical advice that assists with the wellness of the child. In the first year of life, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends well-child visits every few weeks to every few months. After the first year, these office visits are recommended every three months. Once the baby is 2 years old, it is recommended that these visits are done annually. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) assert that well-child visits are crucial for immunization against highly contagious diseases, as well as the developmental milestones of a child.