WELLNESS 6 WELLNESS CHECKUPS Texas Health Steps Checkups and Well-Child checkups, also known as wellness checkups, help keep your children healthy by finding problems early when they are small and can be easier to treat. These checkups are at no cost to Medicaid and CHIP Members. • Medicaid Members get Texas Health Steps Checkups from birth through 20 years of age. • CHIP Members get Wellness Checkups from birth through 18 years of age. The chart below explains when parents should take their children for wellness checkups. Birth to 1 Year • Babies need checkups when they are 5 days old and 2 weeks old. Then at 2, 4, 6, and 9 months old. • Doctors make sure babies are healthy and growing as they should. • Dental checkups start at the age of 6 months. The dentist or doctor might put fluoride on your child’s teeth during a dental or medical checkup. 1 to 4 Years • Children need medical checkups at 12, 15, and 18 months old and at 2, 2½, 3, and 4 years old. • Your child needs dental checkups every 6 months unless the dentist needs to see your child more often. 5 to 10 Years • Children need medical checkups at 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 years old. • Children need dental checkups every 6 months. • Dentists can put special coatings on children’s teeth (called “sealants”) that help to prevent tooth decay. 11 Years and Older • Teens and young adults need medical checkups every year. • During checkups, doctors talk to teens about eating habits, physical activity, injury prevention, and how to have a healthy lifestyle. • Teens and young adults continue to need dental checkups every 6 months. Call your child’s doctor today to schedule an appointment. Need help? Call Wellness Services at 713.295.6789 or tollfree at 1.844.882.7642 or email us at MemberServices@CommunityHealthChoice.org. CommunityHealthChoice.org

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