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Children's Health

Immunizations, or vaccinations, protect your child from getting sick from diseases, such as Measles, Polio, Meningitis, Hepatitis B and Mumps. Make sure that:

  • Your child goes to the doctor for regular checkups
  • Your child gets all their shots on time and on schedule
  • You talk to your child’s doctor is you have any questions or concerns. If there is something you don’t understand, ask. This way you can be sure you are doing everything you can to keep your child healthy.

 

Well-Care Visits

Your child’s health starts with you, the parent! The early years in your child’s life is their foundation for their health. Take charge of your child’s health, by monitoring it from the beginning. You can do that by first scheduling and attending your child’ well care visits. What are well care visits? Well care visits are simply periodic preventative check-ups. The standard check-up schedule is:

  • 2 to 5 days
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years old (24 months)
  • 2 ½ years old (30 months)
  • 3-21 years old (annual visits)

There are many benefits to well care visits. First of all, it provides preventative care (i.e. immunizations and developmental screenings). Secondly, it allows both the parent and physician to monitor the growth and development of child and discuss any concerns. Lastly, the regular visits will allow parent, child, and physician the opportunity to develop a trustworthy relationship.

Effective January 1, 2019, new mental health and substance use services are available with NYS Children’s Medicaid. These services give children/youth (under age 21) and their families the power to improve their health, well-being and quality of life, strengthening families and helping them make informed decisions about their care. Services are provided at home or in the community. Learn more on our Children and Family Support Services page here.
 

Helpful Resources:

 

FOR KIDS

Dental Health & Hygiene
American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy:

 

Development
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD):

 

Nutrition
Let’s Move:

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Heart.org (American Heart Association):

GirlsHealth.gov:

ChooseMyPlate.gov (United State Department of Agriculture):

 

Physical Activity
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Heart.org (American Heart Association):

Let’s Move.org:

 

Well Care Visits:
HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics):

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

 

FOR ADOLESCENTS

Dental Health & Hygiene
ADA Mouth Healthy:

 

Development
HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics):

 

Fitness
WebMD:

 

Nutrition
HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics):

 

Physical Activity
HealthyChildren.org (American Academy of Pediatrics):

 

Well Care Visits:
HealthyPeople.gov (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion):

last updated: September 25, 2019

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