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Health Rules You Can Bend - Kids' Checkups

WebMD health feature series: 12 health rules you can bend.
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7.  Older children should have a yearly checkup with blood work.

There is no proof that yearly checkups detect unknown illnesses, says Dennis Woo, MD, a pediatrician at the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital.

Woo says that unless health issues are involved, children older than 7 should be seen periodically (every two to three years) to watch growth and update immunizations. You may want to discuss the frequency of checkups with your pediatrician.

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Reviewed on April 06, 2010

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