Focus on Kids Health
If you are looking for tips on how to keep your child well, this is the right place. Children and youth have different health needs. The links below will give you the right resources on child and youth health topics.
Well Child Visits - How does your baby grow?
Children are not alike. They differ in the way they look and learn. Even if children are not sick, they need to see their provider often. Well-child visits can help children stay healthy. Tests can find diseases early when they are easier to treat. These visits may include tests. Your child’s provider can give these tests at the right time. You just need to bring your child in to see the provider based on your child's age. If your child has missed some well-child visits, do not worry, but do not delay.
Immunizations - Are all those vaccines necessary?
Shots can prevent some fatal diseases. Baby doctors suggest that all healthy children be given shots. Take a look at our shot guide to see if your child is up to date with shots.
Children are at risk if they come in contact with lead. Lead can be found in older house paints, soil, clay products, pipes, and solder. The MO HealthNet program rules say all children must be tested for lead. Test are for ages 1 and 2 years old. All children above age 3 who have not been tested should be given a lead test. This test should be done at least once between the ages of 3 and 6 years. Those at high-risk may need to be checked more often. You are high risk if you have a history of lead poison. You are at high risk if you live in an old home or apartment. Your child’s provider can perform a lead test.
EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment)
This program supports health care for infants, children and youth up to age 21 at no cost to you. We ensure those taking care of children are given the right health resources. No prior approval is required if EPSDT services are given by your provider or your local health department.
- Services include regular well-child exams and blood lead level testing.
- Vision exams identify vision problems. Treatment for bad vision may include eyeglasses.
- Oral exams may be given by primary care provider, baby provider, or the family provider. Children will be sent to a dentist for relief of pain. They will also be sent for bad teeth, or tooth repair.
- Hearing exams identify and treat hearing defects. They may include hearing aids.