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.