Children of all ages need complete health check-ups on a regular basis to promote better health for their future. With scheduled checkups minor health problems in children can be caught before they become serious. Physical, mental or developmental problems can also be found and treated early. Immunizations can be given at routine checkups to prevent childhood diseases such as chickenpox, mumps or measles.
Well Child Exams are available to income eligible children from birth to age 20 or 21. Services include medical history, health risk identification, physical examination, vision and hearing testing, immunization, counseling, health education, and referrals. Screenings are conducted by Registered Nurses who have completed mandatory training provided through the Department for Public Health.
Children should get health check-ups regularly on or before the ages listed below:
1 month 2 months 4 months 6 months 9 months
12 months 15 months 18 months 24 months 3 years
4 years 5 years 6 years 8 years Yearly (10-20)
School Physicals are required prior to school entry, which includes Head Start, Preschool, Kindergarten (if one was not done prior to Head Start or Preschool) and prior to entry into the Sixth (6th) Grade. The Health Department can provide these physicals at no cost to Medicaid and KCHIP-eligible children, can be billed for Kentucky Employees Health Plan (Humana) and can be provided to families on a sliding scale fee based on household size and income eligibility.