The frequency of visits is intended to make sure your child is developing properly. Below you will find the schedule we follow at Children’s Health Care. We will measure your child’s growth and assess development at every visit. We have also listed the procedures and testing that may occur during your appointment so you can best prepare you child. Please note that additional testing may be done based on your individual child’s needs as determined by your provider.
2-4 days after birth
2 months: immunizations
4 months: immunizations
6 months: immunizations
9 months: vision exam
12 months: hemoglobin and lead testing, immunizations
14 months: immunizations
18 months: immunizations
2 year: hemoglobin and lead testing, hearing screening
3 years; hemoglobin and lead testing, lipid screening, glucose screening, hearing screening
4 year; hearing and vision screening
5 year: immunizations, hearing and vision screening as needed for Kindergarten entry
11 -12 year : hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening, immunizations
13 year: hemoglobin (females)
14 year: hemoglobin (females)
15 year: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening
16 year: hemoglobin (females), immunizations, vision screen, urine testing (females)
17 year: hemoglobin (females)urine testing (females)
18 year: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening, immunizations, urine testing (females)
19 year: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening, urine testing (females)
20 year: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening, urine testing (females)
21 year: hemoglobin, lipid screening, glucose screening, urine testing (females)
More information about nutrition and our nutrition services here.
Recommended reading for you and your children: ChopChop Magazine!
Available in both English and Spanish, the award-winning, quarterly magazine offers nutritious, great-tasting, ethnically diverse and inexpensive recipes, as well as interesting and little-known food facts, Q & As and games. Praised for its engaging content by the national press, American Academy of Pediatrics, James Beard Foundation, and Parents’ Choice Foundation, ChopChop is inspiring kids to cook and to be nutritionally curious and literate. This magazine is also recommended and supported by Children’s Hospital of Boston.
FAN Club is a nutrition and fitness club run by MaryBeth Meehan, CPNP out of our Haverhill office. The group runs for 10 weeks at a time, with the girls group every fall and boys group every winter. Each meeting focuses on healthy lifestyle changes. The group exercises together and learns about easy nutritional changes with a new topic and workout weekly. Please call the office to schedule a consult and goal setting appointment with MaryBeth Meehan, CPNP.
- Oral health resources: http://www.mychildrensteeth.org
- Massachusetts Families of children with special needs: http://spedchildmass.com
- Poison Control Website: maripoisoncenter.com 24-hour Hotline: 1 (800) 222 1222
- Healthychildren.org from the American Association of Pediatrics. Download their app on iPhone or Droid.
Barbara Kneeland is our special care coordinator at Children’s Health Care. Her role at CHC is to assist the families of our children* with special or complex health care needs. Although Barbara has a nursing background, her qualifications for this position come largely from her own life experiences parenting a son living with a disability.
Barbara has an extensive knowledge of the services and benefits available to our families and is also available for consultation to assist with special education issues and help families understand the often overwhelming 504 and Individualized Education Plan (IEP) processes.
Contact Our Special Care Coordinator
Phone: (978) 388-7250
Fax: (978) 462-2922
Hours: Monday – Thursday
Please be aware that Barbara receives a high volume of calls each day. She always does her very best to return calls the same business day but cannot always guarantee this. Your patience is much appreciated! Email is often an easier way for both families and Barbara to communicate. Please do not hesitate to utilize this option.
*Barbara’s services are available exclusively to the patients and families of Children’s Health Care of Newburyport and Haverhill, Massachusetts.