Your child’s health care team helps keep him healthy so he can play, learn, and grow! Consider these tips to help any visit go smoothly:

Preparing Yourself for the Checkup

  • You might write down questions about your child’s health beforehand. It’s a great way to start a conversation that will keep you involved in your child’s care. You might ask about:
    • Your child’s height, weight, vision, movement, and overall health
    • Milestones your child should be meeting
    • Things you can do to help your child stay healthy
    • When the next visit will be

Preparing Your Child

  • Kids may be scared of the visit. Explain that doctors and nurses keep us healthy and make us better when we’re sick.
  • Let your child know what will happen (“The doctor will check different parts of your body to make sure they’re healthy. I will stay with you the whole time.”)
  • Before the visit, invite your child to pretend he is the doctor! Let him feel and listen to your heartbeat, or ask him to look into your mouth while you say, “Ahhhhh!”

Children should see a doctor for well visits (checkups):

  • eight times in their first year, then at
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • Once a year after turning three