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Children's Health

Staying Well

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Keeping your child well involves routine checkups, vaccines, a good diet, exercise, and staying safe. Find out about all these topics here.


Children in this age range are gaining many new skills and feel more and more independent. They may be curious, want to explore the world around them, and act without thinking. This can lead to dangerous situations.

Lead poisoning occurs over many months or years of exposure to lead in the environment. It is especially harmful to children under 6, and more so for children under 3.

Diet and Exercise

Your child's health care provider can evaluate your child's weight and growth and let you know if your child needs to lose or gain weight or if any dietary changes need to be made. 

Up to one out of every five children in the U. S. is overweight or obese, and this number is continuing to rise.

Wellness Visits

It's important for your child to have regularly scheduled checkups, often called well-child visits, beginning shortly after birth and lasting through the teen years.

Routine well-child visits usually are scheduled several times during ages 12 to 24 months. These visits allow your child's doctor to keep a close eye on your child's general health and development.

Routine well-child visits allow your child's doctor to keep a close eye on your child's general health and development. You also can discuss any concerns you have at these appointments.

Routine checkups are a good time for you to ask about what to expect. Ask your doctor about your child's health, growth, development, or behavior.

Learn what to expect when your adolescent has a routine checkup.

Experts recommend that your child's dental care start at 12 months of age.


When your young child whimpers at the mention of the word "shot," you probably have mixed feelings. You want your son to be protected by his vaccinations; you just wish that the procedure was pain-free.

Get answers to common questions about childhood vaccines.

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