Make the Most of Your Child’s Visit to the Doctor (Ages 5 to 10)

The Basics
Kids ages 5 to 10 need to go to the doctor or nurse for a “well-child visit” once a year.

Take Action!
Keep a list of questions you want to ask the doctor. Take this list to the next appointment.

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The Basics

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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:

What about cost?

Under the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law passed in 2010, insurance plans must cover well-child visits. Depending on your insurance plan, 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:

See a complete list of developmental milestones for kids who are:


Take Action!

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Take these steps to help you and your child get the most out of well-child visits.

Gather important information.

Take any medical records you have to the appointment, including a record of shots your child has received. If your child gets special services at school because of a health condition or disability, bring that paperwork, too.

Make a list of any important changes in your child’s life since the last doctor’s visit, like a:

Use this tool to  keep track of your child’s family health history.

Help your child get more involved in doctor visits.

When children are age 7 or older, most doctors will spend a few minutes alone with them – if the child feels comfortable. This helps your child develop a relationship with the doctor. 

You can also help your child get involved by:

Make a list of questions you want to ask the doctor.

Before the well-child visit, write down 3 to 5 questions you have. This visit is a great time to ask the doctor or nurse any questions about:

Here are some important questions to ask:

Take a notepad and write down the answers so you can remember them later.

Ask what to do if your child gets sick.

Make sure you know how to get in touch with a doctor or nurse when the office is closed. Ask how to get hold of the doctor on call, or if there's a nurse information service you can call at night or on the weekend. 

Know what to expect.

During each well-child visit, the doctor or nurse will ask you questions about your child, do a physical exam, and update your child’s medical history. You'll also be able to ask your questions and discuss any problems. 

The doctor or nurse will ask you and your child questions.

The doctor or nurse may ask about:

Your answers to questions like these will help the doctor or nurse make sure your child is healthy and developing normally.

The doctor or nurse will also check your child’s body.

To check your child’s body, the doctor or nurse will:

See what else the doctor may ask when your child is:


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