Doctor visits & tests
Recommended tests and screenings for children at different ages. The list is alphabetical.
Assessments, screenings and counseling
Alcohol and drug use assessment
For ages 11-18, during each visit. Counseling for those at risk.
Anticipatory guidelines as defined by Bright Futures
At your doctor’s discretion for all children throughout their development.
At 18 and 24 months
Every year starting at age 3
Doctors should apply fluoride varnish to teeth of children up to age of 5 (not a dental benefit)
Congenital hypothyroidism screening
Once at birth
Depression screening and behavioral assessments
At your doctor's discretion for children of all ages
At 9 and 18 months old and with checkups throughout development
Assess risk at 2, 4, 6, 8 and 10 years old, then every year through age 18. Routine lab testing is not recommended but may be done for children at high risk.
Gonorrhea preventive medication
Once at birth
Hearing loss screening
All newborns and at ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 18 years
Height, weight and body mass percentile
Height and weight at each visit up to age 2. After age 2, body mass percentile.
Hematocrit or hemoglobin screening
Once at 12 months, once between ages 11 and 18, and once every year for menstruating adolescents
Hepatitis B screening
Adolescents at high risk
Start at age 15. Screening for children under 15, if they're at high risk.
At 12 and 24 months for children at high risk. Risk assessment for lead exposure between 6-12 months old, 24 months and between 2-6 years.
At each well-child visit
Once at birth. (As identified by the Federal Health Resources and Services Administration.)
Obesity screening & physical activity and nutrition counseling
At your doctor's discretion starting at age 6
Oral health risk assessment
At 12, 18, 24 and 30 months old and 3 and 6 years old
Sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention screening and counseling
At your doctor's discretion for all sexually active adolescents
Skin cancer prevention counseling
Fair-skinned children and adolescents ages 6 months to 24 years old should receive counseling to minimize exposure to UV radiation
Tobacco-use screening and counseling
During each visit. Includes cessation interventions for tobacco users and expanded counseling for pregnant tobacco users.
Tuberculosis (TB) testing
At your doctor's discretion for children at high risk
At ages 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 15 and 18