We recommend that you schedule a visit with our providers 2-3 days after being discharged from the hospital with your newborn baby. We then follow the American Academy of Pediatric's (AAP's) recommendations for preventive pediatric healthcare and recommend visits at the following ages of your child: 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 30 months, and 3 years.
An essential part of our well-child visits includes an assessment of your child’s learning, behavior, and development. This requires you to complete one or more developmental-behavioral screening questionnaires at certain well-child visits.
These developmental screening questionnaires help us see whether your child is at risk for problems, now or in the future, and if so, what to do next. The screening tools we use also give you a chance to talk to your child’s provider about what you need to know as a parent, how you are coping as a parent, and how you are doing as a family. The questions we will ask are important because they assist us in helping your child to become as successful as possible in school and in life.
We must charge for this extra, but essential service when a screening questionnaire is completed due to the time it takes to review and respond to the information provided. You will see this on your bill as procedure 96110. Most insurers pay for this service; however, if the claim is denied by your insurer as a “non-covered” service, you will be responsible for the payment.
The American Academy of Pediatrics is working to ensure this service will become fully covered by all insurers and Medicaid. However, if you do receive our bill for screenings after denial of the claim by your insurer, please understand how important this service is to your child’s well-being.
As pediatric providers, we want to receive the most accurate information to help us lead to the best diagnosis for your child. For further information regarding an individual screening tool, please click on the appropriate link below:
Children's Clinic Well Child Questionnaire is used at all well-child visits conducted at the Children's Clinic to help identify families who may need resources for food insecurity and to determine if patients are receiving dental and vision care elsewhere so that we do not duplicate and charge for care your child already has access to.
Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) are used at the 9, 18, & 24 month well-child visit to help providers identify if the child is at risk for developmental delays and behavioral problems.
Anemia Screening is routinely conducted at the 12- and 24-month visits by taking a hematocrit. This involves poking your child's heel and collecting a small droplet of blood that is then tested in a machine designed to reveal the number of red blood cells in your child's blood.
Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screen (EPDS) is completed by new moms at the 2-week and 2-, 4-, and 6-month visits to identify mom's at risk for postpartum depression (PPD).
Lead Testing is routinely conducted at the 12- and 24-month visits as lead can harm a child's growth, behavior, and ability to learn. This test is done by poking your child's heel and collecting a small droplet of blood that is then tested in a machine designed to detect lead.
Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (MCHAT) is filled out prior to the 18 & 24 month well-child visit to screen for autism.
We strongly support immunizations for all children and believe that immunizing kids is the most important act we perform as pediatric healthcare providers.
Please take a moment to review our Immunization Schedule as well as check out the reliable information we have gathered and shared from trusted sources on our Immunizations tab.