SCHEDULE YOUR CHILD’S REGULAR CHECK-UPS EVEN WHEN THEY’RE FEELING FINE
Don’t wait until your child is sick. One of the most important things you can do for your child’s overall well being is to maintain a schedule of preventive check-ups, commonly referred to as “well-child checks” or “well-exams”.
These regularly scheduled well-exams are covered by insurance providers and give you valuable, one-on-one time with your child’s primary care doctor. They are conducted in a more relaxed setting where you can ask questions and maintain a relationship with your doctor.
During the well-exams COPA pediatricians will track growth and developmental milestones with professional screenings, behavioral assessments, physical exams and planned immunizations. Well-exams can be scheduled up to two months in advance. (We encourage you to plan ahead to see the pediatrician of your choice.)
Keep in mind, the back-to-school season gets very busy, so it’s beneficial to schedule your annual exams with immunizations in the early spring or late fall.
A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST BE PRESENT AT ANNUAL WELL-EXAMS OF PATIENTS 14 YEARS OR YOUNGER.
A Parent or Guardian is required to accompany their child, 14 years or younger, to the child’s annual well-exam. The provider will inform the parent or guardian about the health of the child, discuss issues important to the patient, and in some cases COPA must receive permission to administer care.
If your child is participating in high school sports or other activities which require a medical release, a sports physical can be included with your regularly scheduled well-exam at no additional fee. Be sure to check with COPA and your insurance provider regarding the timing of your exam and covered benefits prior to the appointment. Check this link for more info.
- 2 – 5 days (newborns)
- 10 – 14 days (2 weeks)
- 6 – 8 weeks
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 2 1/2 years
- 3 years
- Annually thereafter through their 18th birthday, for a health screening visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment. Teen sports physicals are included in the well exam, if needed.
Most all insurance plans cover 100% of the cost of annual well exams.
For your newborn, a COPA Patient Advocate may meet with you in the hospital before you are discharged to plan your first well-baby visits. If you are not having your child at St Charles, or for some reason you do not meet with the COPA representative before you go home, please contact COPA as soon as your baby is born to plan your first visit within 2 – 5 days after you child’s birth.
Thereafter, for infants and young toddlers, we’ll help you schedule your future appointments at each visit.
At each well child visit there is an age-appropriate pre-visit questionnaire that focuses on developmental milestones, nutrition, safety, emotional well-being and other recommendations. That questionnaire is the basis of the exam and discussions with parents.
It’s important for parents to stay up-to-date with recommended immunizations and the latest information on communicable diseases, prevention and treatment.
If you have any questions please give us a call. We’ll check your child’s history and let you know when you need to come in for a visit.
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