The goals of well-child care are to maximize development, detect treatable diseases at an early stage, and prevent injury and disease through education. The main components are an age-appropriate history, physical exam, screening tests, and counseling. Much of the assessment can be done while taking the history from the parent and by observing the child's behavior, gait, speech, and interactions with people in the room. Well-child visits from age 12 months to 10 years are considered here.
- Recommendations and evidence
- Body mass index and obesity screening
- Blood pressure
- Anticipatory guidance
- Vision screening and risk assessment
- Hearing screening and risk assessment
- Developmental screening and surveillance, and autism screening
- Psychosocial and behavioral assessment
- Anemia screening and risk assessment
- Lead screening and risk assessment
- Tuberculosis screening and risk assessment
- Dyslipidemia screening and risk assessment
- Oral health counseling and screening
- Scoliosis screening
- Outline for well-child visits
Carrie Daymont, MD, MSCE
Pediatrics and Public Health Sciences
Penn State College of Medicine
CD declares that she has no competing interests.
James P. Guevara, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Director of Interdisciplinary Initiatives
PolicyLab: Center to Bridge Research, Practice and Policy
The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
JPG has received a research grant from Pfizer to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and is an author of references cited in this topic.
Ian Marshall, MD
Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
IM declares that he has no competing interests.
Jacqui Clinch, MB BS
Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
JC declares that she has no competing interests.
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