13 to 20 years: Male and Female
What to expect during your visit to the doctor:
A well-child exam:
Once a year for children ages 13 to 20. The doctor will offer advice about your child’s dental health, exercise and physical activity, diet and nutrition, sun exposure, injury and violence prevention and when appropriate, alcohol misuse, sexual behavior, smoking prevention or stopping smoking, substance abuse and suicide prevention. During this exam your child may also receive immunizations (also known as vaccinations, vaccines or shots) and developmental screenings, as your doctor advises. Select a link below for more care topics:
Learn about the vaccinations (shots) that are needed:
- Blood pressure measurement: Each year. Learn more about blood pressure measurement.
- BMI Counseling: Body Mass Index, or BMI, is an important tool in determining childhood obesity. For children between ages 13 and 15, your doctor will calculate your child’s BMI percentile annually. For children ages 16 and older, your doctor will calculate your child’s BMI value annually. Your doctor needs to review and discuss your child’s BMI every year. To learn more about BMI:
- Cholesterol testing: All children should have their cholesterol tested at least once between ages 17 and 21 years and every five years thereafter. Learn more about cholesterol testing:
- Depression screening: Each year to age 21. Learn more about depression.
- Dental care: Your child should have dental checkups twice a year. Learn more about oral health:
- Height and weight screening: At every well-child exam.
- Hemoglobin and hematocrit (Hgb/Hct): Blood test as your child’s doctor advises and at yearly checkups.
- Hepatitis B screening: For those at high risk, including pregnant females at the first prenatal visit. Learn more about Hepatitis B.
- HIV screening: As your child’s doctor advises, starting at age 13, and if pregnant. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all individuals between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV as part of a regular health care visit. Learn more about HIV:
- Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs): If you are sexually active, you should be screened for STDs, including chlamydia, starting at age 11. Learn more about STDs:
- Skin cancer counseling: For those with fair skin. Learn more about skin cancer prevention.
- TB (Tuberculosis) screening: Every year or as your child’s doctor advises. Learn more about TB.
- Vision and hearing screening: Vision and hearing should be checked every year.
Learn more about vision care:
Learn more about hearing loss in children.