Well-Child Care Center

Shauna knows how important it is to take her son, Jacob, to his doctor visits. Jacob’s doctor, or PCP (primary care provider), checks his height, weight, eyesight and hearing. And because he goes to the PCP every year, he’s not afraid of going.

Your child’s regular checkups are sometimes called well-child visits. These visits give the PCP a chance to make sure your child is growing up healthy. Your child will get any immunizations (shots) they need. If the PCP does find any problems, they can treat it early.

How often should my child have a checkup?

Regular visits to the PCP are important for your child. Depending on your child’s age, their PCP will do different tests and exams. Try to make the visit around your child’s birthday. That way it is easy to remember.

The PCP will probably want to see your child at or around these ages:

  • 3-5 days old
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months (1 year)
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months (2 years)
  • Every year starting at age 3 to 21

Checkups are part of your child's benefits with AmeriHealth Caritas District of Columbia. They should not cost you money.

If you need help making an appointment or getting to the PCP’s office, call Enrollee Services at 1-800-408-7511 (TTY: 1-800-570-1190).

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