Well Child Check Ups
Well Child Check Ups
YOUR CHILD NEEDS AN ANNUAL WELL-EXAM EVEN WHEN THEY’RE FEELING FINE
Maintaining a regular schedule of preventive health check-ups, especially during early childhood, is one of the most important things you can do for a child’s general health. These child’s visits are referred to as well-child checks or well-child exams.
Well-child exams are covered by most all healthcare plans and give you valuable, one-on-one time with your child’s doctor to assess your child’s health. These regular checkups are conducted in a relaxed setting where you and your child can ask questions, discuss health concerns, and maintain a relationship with your primary care provider.
During the well-child exam COPA, pediatricians will track your child’s growth and developmental milestones. For your child’s development, we will assess measurements such as your child’s height, head circumference, and body mass index through a complete physical exam. We will also administer vision screenings, behavioral assessments, and planned immunizations during the physical examination. Well-exams can be scheduled up to two months in advance. (We encourage you to plan ahead to see the health care provider of your choice.)
Keep in mind, the doctor’s office gets very busy during the back-to-school season, so it’s beneficial to schedule your regular visits and annual exams with your healthcare provider in the early spring or late fall.
A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT AT ANNUAL WELL-EXAMS OF PATIENTS 14 YEARS OR YOUNGER.
A parent or guardian is required to accompany young children, 14 years or younger, to the child’s annual well-exam. The provider will inform the parent or guardian about the health of the child, discuss health issues important to the patient, and in some cases, COPA must receive permission to administer care.
If your child is participating in high school sports or other activities which require a medical release, a sports physical can be included with your annual well-exam at no additional fee. Be sure to call COPA and check on your covered benefits prior to the appointment. Check this link for more info.
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- 2 – 5 days (newborns)
- 10 – 14 days (2 weeks)
- 6 – 8 weeks
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 2 1/2 years
- 3 years
- Annually thereafter through their 18th birthday. Teen sports physicals are included in the well exam, if needed.
Most all insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of annual well exams.
For your newborn, a COPA Patient Advocate may meet with you in the hospital before you are discharged to plan your first well-baby visits. If you are not having your child at St Charles, or for some reason you do not meet with the COPA representative before you go home, please contact COPA as soon as your baby is born to plan your first baby exam within 2 – 5 days after you child’s birth.
Thereafter, for infants and young toddlers, we’ll help you schedule your future appointments at each visit.
At each well-child visit, there is an age-appropriate pre-visit questionnaire that focuses on developmental milestones, nutrition, safety, emotional well-being, and other recommendations. That questionnaire is the basis of the exam and discussions with parents.