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.
Pediatrics and Child Health
University of Manitoba
Quality and Patient Safety
WRHA Child Health Program
CD declares that she has no competing interests.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
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 monograph.
Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology
UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
IM declares that he has no competing interests.
Consultant Paediatric Rheumatologist
Bristol Royal Hospital for Children
JC declares that she has no competing interests.
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