Preventive Care

Check-ups for Children

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) is a program for children and adolescents under the age of 21. HealthWatch is the name of Indiana’s EPSDT Program. The HealthWatch program checks all children for medical problems early and as they grow. These check-ups help to make sure your child is growing up healthy. If the doctor finds a problem, it is treated and watched. These benefits are available to your child with MDwise.

Well Child check-ups include: 
  • Medical history and physical exam.
  • Growth and development checks (language and motor skills, social and personal development).
  • Vision screens.
  • Hearing screens.
  • Dental screens.
  • Nutrition evaluation and education.
  • Lab tests including blood lead level.
  • Mental health and substance abuse screens.
  • Immunizations (shots).
  • Health education for parents.
  • Many other screenings and tests based on the child’s history.

It is important for children to have all of their well child visits. Children need to get check-ups regularly on or before the ages listed below:
  • 3–5 days.
  • 1 month.
  • 2 months.
  • 4 months.
  • 6 months.
  • 9 months.
  • 12 months.
  • 15 months (Your baby should have this check-up BEFORE s/he turns 15 months old.).
  • 18 months.
  • 24 months.
  • 30 months.
  • 3 years.
  • Every year age 4–20.


Lead Poisoning Screening

Lead poisoning is a common sickness you should know about. It can be very harmful to children and pregnant women.

Where does lead poisoning come from?

  • Getting lead dust from old paint on hands or toys that get put in your child’s mouth.
  • Breathing in lead dust from old paint.
  • Eating chips of old paint or dirt that contain lead.
  • Drinking water from pipes lined or soldered with lead.

What does lead poisoning do?

Lead in your child’s blood can be harmful. High levels can cause:
  • Kidney Damage.
  • Blindness.
  • Hearing Loss.
  • Permanent brain damage.
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Behavioral problems.
  • Seizures.
  • Coma.
  • Death.

High lead levels in pregnant women can harm their unborn children.

Talk to your doctor about lead screening. Lead poisoning is a common health problem. Every MDwise child should be tested for lead. Children should be screened with a blood lead test when they are 12 months old. They should be tested again when they are 24 months old. Children should be tested between ages three and six years if they were not screened at 12 and 24 months. If you are pregnant, you should also talk to your doctor to see if you have been exposed to lead.

Immunizations (shots)

Immunizations are shots that help the body fight disease. Children will receive immunizations (shots) during some of the EPSDT checkups. Children must have all the shots they need before they can start school. Check with your child’s doctor to be sure that your child has all the needed shots.

Below under Additional Resources is a link to the recommended childhood and adolescent immunizations schedules.

This may seem like a lot of shots, but the shots are needed to prevent disease. The visits also help the doctor make sure your child is growing and learning on schedule. If you are not sure if your child needs a shot, please talk to your child’s doctor right away. Your doctor can also tell you what to do if your child misses a shot.

For checkups for children you might earn points through MDwiseREWARDS. To find out if you can earn these rewards click here. Another benefit you may qualify for is RIDEwise. This is a MDwise service that provides rides to your doctor visits. Click here to learn more.

Additional Resources:

Vaccine Resources for Parents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Videos and comic from Hip Hop Public Health:

Behind the Mask – Video encouraging mask wearing
20 Seconds or More – Video encouraging hand washing
U R What U Eat – Video about the importance of nutrition
Stroke Ain’t Not Joke – A comic about stroke awareness