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Health Screening: Finding Health Problems Early - Screening, 13 Months to 12 Years

It's important for your child to continue to have regularly scheduled checkups, often called well-child visits. During these visits, your child's doctor will check your child's growth and development and examine your child for possible problems.

Checks at well-child visits include:

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  • Behavioral and school concerns. Depending on the child's age, these may include temper tantrums, grades, relationship problems, and aggressive behavior that hurts others emotionally or physically (bullying).
  • Blood pressure. Your child will likely have his or her blood pressure checked every year, beginning at age 3.
  • Hearing.
  • Vision.
  • Height, weight, and body mass index (BMI).

Regular dental checkups are recommended for all children once or twice a year.

Age-specific tests

Until your child is age 24 months, the doctor will measure the circumference of your child's head.

Until your child is age 5, the doctor will check for developmental problems, including two checks for autism. When your child is ages 10 through to 12, the doctor will check for scoliosis.

Other tests

Other tests may include:

For more information on the milestones of early childhood growth and development, see:

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 30, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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