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Guidelines for Infants and Children

Preventive care can help start your child on the path to a healthy future. Regular checkups are an important first step in preventive care. Talk with your child’s doctor to make sure your family gets the right care at the right time.

Which preventive care services do infants and children need?

  • Frequent checkups to track growth and development
  • Blood tests for lead (twice before age 2), iron (once by age 1), and cholesterol (once between the ages of 9 and 11)
  • Dental cleaning and exam twice a year, starting at age 2 ½
  • Vaccines

Immunizations for Infants and Children
Immunizations protect infants and children early in life, when they are most vulnerable and before they are exposed to potentially life-threatening diseases. Check the CDPHP Guidelines for Care for recommended vaccines and/or shots. For more information about vaccines, see the CDC Immunization Schedule from birth to 6 years.

Protect Your Child from Lead Poisoning
Lead is a poisonous metal that can harm your child’s brain and cause learning, hearing, and behavioral problems. Children can be exposed to lead through paint, dust, water, soil, or other ways. Children with lead poisoning do not look or act sick. A blood test is the only way to find out if your child has lead poisoning. If you think your child has been in contact with lead, contact your child’s doctor to talk about testing and treatment. Remember, all children need to get tested for lead at 12 and 24 months.