It is common for every parent to ask at some point: Is my child developing normally? Are language and physical skills age appropriate? Shouldn’t he be taller by now? Should I be concerned about whether my child is underweight? Or overweight?
Remember that children progress at different rates across a wide spectrum of what is considered “normal” development. Consistent appointments with your Northside Pediatrics team will allow you to discuss these issues with trained medical professionals who can answer all your questions.
Well-child visits provide preventative exams and vaccinations, the chance to catch any health issues early, and opportunities to address any questions or concerns you have at every stage of your child’s development.
As another great resource, visit the “Ages and Stages” section of healthychildren.org. Here you’ll find reliable information relative to your child’s developmental stage: ages 1-3, 3-5, 5-12, 12-18, and 18-21.
Well-Child Visit and Vaccination Schedule
We follow the American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines for the schedule of well visits and immunizations. There are dangers in deviating from the proven vaccine schedule, which is why we require our patients to stay on this schedule to remain members of our practice.
You can refer to Vaccine Information Statements (VIS) produced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to understand more about both the benefits and risks of any particular vaccine.
The schedule for your well-child visits is provided below, along with a list of the immunizations needed for each age group.
|Check-Up Schedule||Vaccinations/Tests Due|
|Newborn visit 3-5 days of age||Hep B (if not given in hospital)|
|2 week visit within 3 days|
|2 month visit within 1 week||Pentacel (Dtap, Hib, IPV), Hep B (if not already given in the hospital before discharge), Prevnar #1, Rotavirus #1|
|4 month visit within 2 weeks||Pentacel (Dtap, Hib, IPV), Prevnar #2, Rotavirus #2|
|6 month visit within 3 weeks||Pentacel (Dtap, Hib, IPV), Prevnar #3, Rotavirus #3|
|9 month visit within 3 weeks||Hep B, Developmental Screen|
|12 month visit MUST be after 1 year birthday||MMR #1, Chickenpox #1, CBC**|
|15 month visit within 3 weeks||Prevnar #4, Hepatitis A #1|
|18 month visit within 3 weeks||Pentacel (Dtap, Hib, IPV), Developmental Screen|
|2 year visit within 2 months||Hepatitis A #2|
|30 month visit within 3 weeks||
This developmental screening visit is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Please check with your insurance provider for coverage information.
|3 year visit within 2 months|
|4 year visit MUST be after 4 year birthday||DTaP #5, IPV #4, MMR #2, Prevnar, Chickenpox #2, H & V|
|5 year visit||H & V|
|6 year visit||H & V|
|7 year visit|
|8 year visit||H & V, CBC**|
|9 year visit|
|10 year visit||H & V|
|11 year visit||Tdap, Meningococcal, HPV series|
|Annually from 12-21 years old||No vaccines needed if immunizations current. H & V (at 12 years), H & V (at 15 and 18 years), CBC** (at 13 years & menstruating females)|
H & V: Hearing and Vision Screening
CBC: Complete Blood Count
** This information used with permission from the Center of Excellence for Medial Multimedia, Office of the Air Force Surgeon General, and is available at www.vmedcenter.org.
Please see www.brightfutures.org to learn more about what is involved with each check-up.