Preventing Problems With Checkups
When do your kids need checkups? Here are the recommended schedules for teeth, eyes, ears and well child checks.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says kids should have regular dental checkups, usually at 6-month intervals. The first visit should be by age 1.
If your child is not at risk for eye and vision problems, the American Optometric Association recommends a first visit at age 6-12 months; at least once between ages 3-5; and before first grade and annually after that. The InfantSEE (infantsee.org) public health program provides no-cost eye assessments for infants 6-12 months.
Hearing tests are usually done at well-child visits at ages 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10. If you suspect your child is having a hearing problem, talk to your doctor. The Mary K. Chapman Speech & Hearing Clinic at the University of Tulsa offers free speech-language and hearing screening tests for children. Call 918.631.2504 for an appointment. The Tulsa Health Department (www.tulsa-health.org) provides audiology services for clients from birth to age 21.
According to The American Academy of Pediatrics, your child’s doctor will see your baby several times during the first year. The schedule after 1 year is 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 2 ½ years, and then once a year unless your child is experiencing problems or the doctor adjusts the schedule. Well-child visits allow your child’s doctor to give any vaccines that are due, check your child’s growth and development, discuss concerns you may have, and test vision and hearing.
Development: The Tulsa Health Department (www.tulsa-health.org) will do developmental screenings. Also, go to https://sproutsdevelopment.com for information on child development and developmental screenings.