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Screenings and Exams for Babies and Children

These recommendations are established by the listed resources only and not by GEHA. The recommendations are intended as general guidelines only. Other resources may offer different recommendations. Please consult your health care provider to determine which screenings and exams you need. Be sure to check your GEHA Plan Brochure for coverage information on all screenings, exams and immunizations.

Recommended screenings & exams for babies & children birth to 10 years

  • Preventive health care for babies and children largely focuses on immunizations and ongoing well-child examinations. Please see our listings of recommended immunization schedules for children and teens and for babies. Your child's health care provider will tell you if your child has a disease or condition that requires additional screenings, tests or examinations.
  • Newborn lab screening: Discuss newborn screening procedures with your obstetrician or pediatrician. Most states set their own guidelines on which screenings are required.
  • Well-child exams: Talk with your child's primary health care provider to schedule well-child exams from the time of your child's birth. Typically, visits are scheduled at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months. Well-child exams are typically scheduled each year from ages 2 to 6, then every 1 to 2 years thereafter. Your provider will determine if your child needs more or fewer exams.
  • Vision & hearing screening should be conducted regularly, as recommended by your child's health care provider. Vision should be tested before age 5. A hearing test may be part of your newborn's screenings.
  • Lead exposure risk assessment and testing: some authorities recommend lead assessment and testing as early as 1 to 2 years of age, others suggest screening between ages 3 and 5. Your provider will help you determine if your child should be assessed and tested for lead poisoning.
  • Blood pressure should be checked regularly from age 3, or as recommended by your child's health care provider.
Resources: The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (www.ahrq.gov); www.kidshealth.org; www.mayoclinic.com