Children's Wellness Guidelines
Good health is a gift anyone would wish for a child, but it doesn't happen without your effort and involvement. Some things you can do to help keep your child well.
- Introduce good nutrition at an early age and be a positive role model
- Encourage lots of play and physical activity
- Keep up with recommended vaccinations
Put your children on the path to wellness by scheduling regular office visits with a doctor. The doctor will watch your baby's growth and progress, and should talk with you about eating and sleeping habits, safety and behavior issues. According to the Bright Future recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the doctor should:
- Check your child's body mass index percentile regularly beginning at 2.
- Conduct a yearly wellness exam beginning at age 3.
- Check blood pressure yearly from age 3 to age 18.
- Test vision yearly from ages 3 to 6, then at ages 8, 10, 12 and 15.
- Test hearing yearly from ages 4 to 6, then at ages 8 and 10.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is an independent organization that provides health information on behalf of BlueChoice HealthPlan.
Make sure your child gets the recommended immunizations shown in the charts. Not only do they protect children from sickness, they also lay the basis for good health in the future. It's never too late to catch up on a missed vaccination. Ask your doctor how to catch up.