Child and adolescent preventive health guidelines

Providence Health Plans supports the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommendations and immunization practices recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. The frequency of visits for infants, children and adolescents follows recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics. These guidelines are intended for the average risk population and do not take the place of your doctor's opinion or recommendations.

Talk to your child's health care provider about the preventive care that's right for your child. Need a pediatrician or family physician? Find one that's a good fit.

Preventive care service   Description
 
Chlamydia screening   For all sexually active females
 
Prevention with oral fluoride supplementation for preschool children   For children age 6 months or older whose current water supply is without fluoride
 
Adolescent depression screening   For adolescents age 12 to 18
 
Gonorrhea prophylactic medication for newborns   For all newborns
 
Gonorrhea screening   For all sexually active females at increased risk
 
Hearing loss screening, newborns   For all newborns
 
Hemoglobinopathies screening   For all newborns
 
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) screening   For all adolescents at increased risk for HIV infections
 
Hypothyroid, congenital screening   For all newborns
 
Immunizations   Provide routine immunizations for all children as recommended by the CDC per the appropriate schedule:
Infant to age 6
Ages 7 to 18
Catch-up schedule
 
Iron supplementation   For asymptomatic children ages 6 to 12 months who are at increased risk for iron deficiency anemia
 
Metabolic screening   For all newborns
 
Obesity screening and counseling   For children age 6 and older
 
PKU screening   For all newborns
 
Sexually transmitted infection prevention and counseling   For all sexually active adolescents
 
Syphilis screening   For all children at increased risk for syphilis infection
 
Visual acuity screening in children   For children age 5 and younger