Schedule of well-child visits
If you don’t already have one, you should start looking for a paediatrician or family doctor early on in your pregnancy so you can talk to her about any questions or concerns you have before your baby comes.
“Well-baby” or “well-child” visits are a lot like annual exams for adults, but focus on your child’s age and stage of development.
Babies are usually checked by a health care provider within the first week of going home from the hospital. At this first visit your health care provider will:
- Weigh your baby and measure your baby’s length and head circumference.
- Check for signs of jaundice.
- Check on how feeding is going for you and your baby.
- Do a general health exam.
- Ask how the family is adjusting to the new baby.
- Complete any screening tests that were not done at the hospital.
|2, 4, 6, 9, 12 and 18 months, and 2-5 years*
When you take your child to a well-child visit, the appointment will last 10 to 20 minutes. The doctor will ask general medical questions including:
Your doctor will also answer any questions you may have.
*Once your child is 5 years old, he will see the doctor every 1 to 2 years until he is 18 years old.
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- Public Education Advisory Committee
Last Updated: March 2016