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.
The Canadian Paediatric Society does not provide referrals to paediatricians.
- If your local hospital has a family practice unit, they may be able to help you find a doctor.
- You can look in the online Yellow Pages under “physicians and surgeons.”
- Links to organizations that can help you find a doctor for your child. In some cases, an online search is available.
“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.
*The 9 and 18 month visits are optional.
**Once your child is 5 years old, he will see the doctor every 1 to 2 years until he is 18 years old.
More information from the CPS:
Reviewed by the following CPS committees:
- Public Education Advisory Committee
Last Updated: March 2016