Well child check

Also known as: Well-child exam, Well-child visits

Well-Child Checkup (Child)

Your child just had a routine checkup to check how well he or she is growing and developing. During the checkup, the healthcare provider likely did the following:

  • Weighed your child and measured your child’s height

  • Performed a thorough physical exam on your child

  • Assessed certain skills in your child (including language and other cognitive abilities, movement, or behavior)

  • Asked you questions about how well your child is sleeping or eating

  • Asked you questions about your child’s bowel and urinary habits

  • Asked you questions about your child’s mental health and behaviors

  • Gave your child one or more shots (vaccines) to protect against specific illnesses

  • Talked with you about ways to keep your child healthy and safe

Based on your child’s exam today, there are no signs of problems. Your child may return to his or her normal activities and diet.

Home care

Watch for any new or unusual symptoms as advised by your child’s healthcare provider.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your child’s healthcare provider as directed. Be sure you know the date of your child’s next routine checkup. Also, start a list of questions for the next visit with the provider. Bring the list with you to the next visit.

When to seek medical advice

Unless your child’s healthcare provider advises otherwise, call the provider right away if:

  • Your child is younger than 2 years of age and has a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) that lasts for more than 1 day.

  • Your child is 2 years old or older and has a fever of 100.4°F (38°C) that lasts for more than 3 days.

  • Is of any age and has repeated fevers above 104°F (40°C).

Also call the provider right away if your child has any of these symptoms:

  • Refusing to eat or not eating well

  • Unusual weight gain or weight loss

  • New or unusual rash

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing

  • Ear pain, stomach pain, or sore throat with painful swallowing

  • Pain with urination or smelly urine

  • Ongoing diarrhea or constipation

  • Ongoing vomiting or inability to keep down fluids

  • Unusual fussiness or crying that won’t stop

  • Unusual drowsiness or slowed body movements

  • Other physical or behavioral symptoms that concern you