What is a well-check exam?
In addition to taking your child to the doctor when your child is ill, or needs an examination to participate in a particular activity, routine well-check exams are recommended.
Well-check, well-care, well-baby, or well-child visits are routine visits to the child's doctor for the following reasons:
- Physical examinations
- Immunization updates
- Tracking growth and development
- Finding any problems before they become serious
- Information on health and safety issues
- Information on nutrition and physical fitness
- Information on how to manage emergencies and illnesses
Your child's doctor can also provide guidance on other issues, such as the following:
- Behavioral problems
- Learning problems
- Emotional problems
- Family problems
- Socialization problems
- Puberty and concerns about teenage years
When should you schedule a well-check exam?
Austin Regional Clinic pediatricians and family medicine doctors follow the American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation for routine well-check exams. Please see the recommended schedule below and click on the link to download the well-check visit newsletter for that age or age range.
Recommended visits through infant and pre-school years:
Here are some links for the various school district forms for physical evaluations: