Children ages 5 to 10 need to go to the doctor or nurse for a “well-child visit” once a year.
A well-child visit is when you take your child to the doctor for a full checkup to make sure he is healthy and developing normally. This is different from other visits for sickness or injury.
At a well-child visit, the doctor or nurse can help catch any problems early, when they may be easier to treat. You will also have a chance to ask any questions you may have about your child’s behavior or development.
To make the most of your child’s visit:
- Gather important information
- Make a list of questions for the doctor
- Know what to expect from the visit
What about cost?
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, insurance plans must cover well-child visits. Depending on your insurance, your child may be able to get well-child checkups at no cost to you. Check with your insurance company to learn more.
How do I know if my child is growing and developing on schedule?
Your child’s doctor or nurse can help you identify “developmental milestones,” the new skills that children usually develop by a certain age. This is an important part of the well-child visit.
Developmental milestones for children ages 5 to 10 include physical, learning, and social skills – things like:
- Developing skills for success in school (like listening, paying attention, reading, and math)
- Taking care of their bodies without help (like bathing, brushing teeth, and getting dressed)
- Learning from mistakes or failures and trying again
- Helping with simple chores
- Following family rules
- Developing friendships and getting along with other children
- Participating in activities like school clubs, sports teams, or music lessons
To learn more, check out What to Expect and When to Seek Help [PDF - 848 KB].