Children's Health

Immunizations, or vaccinations, protect your child from getting sick from diseases, such as Measles, Polio, Meningitis, Hepatitis B and Mumps. Make sure that:
  • Your child goes to the doctor for regular checkups
  • Your child gets all their shots on time and on schedule
  • You talk to your child's doctor is you have any questions or concerns. If there is something you don't understand, ask. This way you can be sure you are doing everything you can to keep your child healthy.

Well-Care Visits

Your child’s health starts with you, the parent! The early years in your child’s life is their foundation for their health. Take charge of your child’s health, by monitoring it from the beginning. You can do that by first scheduling and attending your child’ well care visits.  What are well care visits? Well care visits are simply periodic preventative check-ups. The standard check-up schedule is:
  • 2 to 5 days
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years old (24 months)
  • 2 ½ years old (30 months)
  • 3-21 years old (annual visits)

There are many benefits to well care visits.  First of all, it provides preventative care (i.e. immunizations and developmental screenings). Secondly, it allows both the parent and physician to monitor the growth and development of child and discuss any concerns. Lastly, the regular visits will allow parent, child, and physician the opportunity to develop a trustworthy relationship.

Effective January 1, 2019, new mental health and substance use services are available with NYS Children’s Medicaid. These services give children/youth (under age 21) and their families the power to improve their health, well-being and quality of life, strengthening families and helping them make informed decisions about their care. Services are provided at home or in the community. Learn more here.

Helpful Resources:


Dental Health & Hygiene 
American Dental Association (ADA)
Mouth Healthy:
Healthy Habits
Breastfeeding and Your Baby’s Mouth
Why Baby Teeth Matter
8 Common Concerns
8 Secrets to a Great

Center for Disease Control and Provention (CDC)
Infants & Toddlers (Ages 0-3) - Milestones & Schedules
Toddlers (1-2 years of age)

National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Speech and Language Developmental Milestones

Let's Move
Healthy Eating for Kids

Center for Disease Control and Provention (CDC)
Ideas to Help Children Maintain a Healthy Weight
Nutrition and the Health of Young People (American Heart Association)
Dietary Recommendations for Healthy Children
Nutrition (United State Department of Agriculture)

Your Guide To Good Nutrition - Eat Healthy To Stay Healthy (PDF)

Physical Activity
Center for Disease Control and Provention (CDC)
Physical Activity Facts 
Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (American Heart Association)
Recommendations for Physical Activity in Children

Get Active

Well Care Visits: (American Academy of Pediatrics)
AAP Schedule of Well-Child Care Visits

Center for Disease Control and Provention (CDC)
Developmental Monitoring and Screening


Dental Health & Hygiene

ADA Mouth Healthy
Healthy Habits 
Oral Concerns 

Development (American Academy of Pediatrics)
A Teenager’s Nutritional Needs 
Stages of Adolescence

5 Ways to Help Unfit Teens Get Moving

Nutrition (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Physical Activity (American Academy of Pediatrics)

Well Care Visits: (Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)
Adolescent Health