Child and Teen Checkups
Doctor visits aren’t just for sick kids. Visiting a child’s doctor for preventive care is important to help find and treat health problems early.
A Child and Teen Checkup is a comprehensive preventive check that is a benefit to children under the age of 21, enrolled in Medical Assistance. They are completely free of charge and can be completed by your child’s regular doctor.
As part of the Child and Teen Checkups program, Norman-Mahnomen Public Health staff can help parents locate medical and dental clinics, send reminder letters when it is time for their child's next Checkup, and answer any questions about the program.
What's Included in Child & Teen Checkups?
- A complete physical exam, including height and weight
- A review of your child's development
- Hearing and vision checks
- Information on good health and nutrition
- Lab tests, including lead tests for toddlers
- Referrals to other health professionals when appropriate
Children and teens should get health checks at these milestones:
- Between birth and 1 month
- At 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, 30, and 36 months
- Every year after age 3 or more often if needed
Health Plan Vouchers
Dental exams are also part of the Child and Teen Checkups program. Dental exams are done in offices that accept your Medical Assistance health plan.
Children should be seen by a dentist at the following ages:
- 6 months after first tooth erupts, or no later than age 1.
- Every 6 months, or more often if your dentist recommends.
For more information
Visit ECHO Minnesota to watch short videos about Child and Teen Checkups.