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Dr. Jennifer Shu and her team of pediatricians answer your health questions.

Dr. Jennifer Shu

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How often should my daughter go in for a check-up? She just turned 6.


 By: Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, FAAP

Babies  need to go to the pediatrician for check-ups frequently, but once your child turns three you finally get a break. Children ages three and up only need to see the pediatrician for a well-child check-up once per year. 

Of course, if you have questions or concerns about your child's health, never hesitate to call or bring your child to the pediatrician at any time. 

Your pediatrician can provide a much more complete physical than an urgent care center or retail based clinic, because he or she knows your child and has access to their complete medical record. 

Click here to learn more about the age-specific health care your child will receive, and to make the most of your time with your pediatrician.

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About Dr. Berchelmann:

Kathleen Berchelmann, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine, and an official spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics. Kathleen is the co-founder and director of, a blog written by five dynamic mom-pediatricians who share their true confessions of trying to apply science and medicine to motherhood. Kathleen and her husband are raising five children.


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