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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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