Preventative care is essential to making sure your child is and remains healthy. During well-visits, a pediatrician tracks growth and development, makes sure the child receives the necessary vaccines, and listens to any questions or concerns the parents might have. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a recommended schedule for well-visits and guidelines on what should be assessed at each one. Infants and toddlers usually make many pediatrician visits; after age three, preventative screenings only need to be performed once a year.


1. First Two Months of Life

New parents might be surprised by how often pediatricians expect to see their infant. The APP recommends checkups between three and five days, between seven and fourteen days, and again at two months. These checkups are primarily to make sure the baby is eating, growing, and gaining weight. By two months old, babies should begin looking at their parents' faces, cooing, smiling, and turning toward loud sounds. The two-month checkup is also the time for vaccines, and some pediatricians screen mothers for postpartum depression at these visits.

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