Well-child visits

Well-child or EPSDT visits

Well-child or EPSDT (Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment) visits are regular checkups that are important for all children from birth to age 21. The visits may also include immunizations (shots).

Well-child visits make sure your child is growing up healthy. If the doctor finds a problem, the doctor will watch it and treat it early. First Choice wants parents to make sure their children are getting regular medical checkups.

You will not be charged for a well-child visit. Well-child visits are part of your benefits as a First Choice member.

Teen well care checklist (PDF)

How often should my child have a well-child visit?

From birth to age 2 years: 

  • At 3-5 days, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, and 30 months

From age 3 through age 21: 

  • Every year 

What to expect at a well-child visit

Your child will get any needed immunizations (shots). These are important to help the body fight disease. Children must have all the shots they need before they can start school.

Your child will also have the following checked during their well-child visit:

  • Eyes
  • Hearing
  • Blood pressure 
  • Lab tests
  • Growth rate and growth progress (social, personal, language and movement skills)
  • Eating habits
  • Dental (teeth) health
  • Screening for lead before a child's second birthday

The doctor may also check your child's Body Mass Index (BMI). BMI is a number determined by weight and height. It can help tell whether your child is obese, overweight, normal weight or underweight. BMI-for-age percentile compares your child's weight to other childrens' of the same age and sex.
Calculate your child or teen's BMI.

Schedule a well-child visit today

Call your child's PCP's office to make an appointment. When you call for an appointment, tell the PCP's office that your child is a First Choice member.

If you need help or have problems making your appointment, call First Choice Member Services at 1-888-276-2020. If you need transportation to your appointment, call the Medicaid Transportation Broker in your county.

Visit the member portal to find out about your child's health needs. Learn about health risks and get wellness tips.