Updated recommendations for routine check-ups for children

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by DR. WENDY SUE SWANSON

KING5.com

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 9:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 9:57 AM

There are new recommendations for routine check-ups for all children, and that means parents may have new questions about those visits. 

What are the updated recommendations for check-ups?

  • Infants: oxygen heart screening at birth
  • Children: cholesterol at 9-11, depression 11 years and up
  • Teens: HIV testing at 16-18, pap smear at age 21 

 

When should parents take their children to the doctor?

  • 11 visits in 1st two years, then every year after that
  • Not all children have access to pediatrician
  • “Medical home” for coordination and prevention
 
What else do parents need to know?
  • Annual check-ups recommended but not all insurance covers
  • Routine care is essential, don’t skip check-ups
  • Ideally see your pediatrician for sick visit
 
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