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JAMA Pediatrics Patient Page
November 6, 2017

The Well-Child Visit

JAMA Pediatr. Published online November 6, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.4041

Whatever name you use—check-up, well-child visit, or health supervision visit—these are important.

The benefits of well-child visits include tracking your child’s growth and development. Your pediatrician will review your child’s growth since the last visit and talk with you about your child’s development. These visits are a time to review and discuss each of the important areas of your child’s development, including physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development. Pediatricians often use a resource called Bright Futures to assess and guide discussions with parents about child development. Parents can access Bright Futures to review information relevant to their child’s age using the website at the bottom of this page.

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