District 4 Public Health Departments provide head-to-toe assessments to youth from birth to 20 years old to achieve and maintain optimal health. Periodic well-child checkups ensure your child is growing and developing at appropriate levels for their age.
During checkups, we will assess and test for (as needed) potential physical or developmental problems and give guidance to improve each area of your child’s health. We discuss safety and preventive practices, such as immunizations, as well as healthy behaviors such as sleep, nutrition and physical activity.
Development occurs faster in younger children, so we recommend children come in for checkups six times in their first year and twice in their second year. Once they reach three years old, we recommend a wellness check once a year until they are 21 years old. Always call your doctor if your child seems ill or you are worried about their growth or development.
Well-child checkups are preventive in nature and include (but are not limited to):
- Comprehensive health and developmental history assessment
- Physical exam
- Vision and hearing screening
- Nutritional assessment
- Age-appropriate developmental, psychosocial, and school performance assessment
- Blood pressure checks
- Tuberculosis screening and testing
- Lead screening and testing (up to 6 years of age)
For a well-child checkup at your local health department, you can use Medicaid or self-pay.