Screening Tests for Children and Teens

Often a simple test can detect a disease or condition even before there are symptoms, when it’s easier to treat. Children receive regular screening tests at their scheduled appointments to monitor growth and development.

Below you’ll find a general list of screening tests and when they are recommended for most children and Teens.

Screening Recommendations
Blood pressure Checked at every well-child visit starting at age 3.
Chlamydia Sexually active girls need an annual chlamydia test.
Head circumference Measured at every well-care visit between birth and 18 months.
Hearing An audiogram is performed at birth, between ages 3 and 5, and at preventive care visits, as recommended by Dr. Shahinfar, from 6 to 17 years.
Height and weight Measured at every well-care visit. Body mass index (BMI) should be calculated starting at age 2 to help determine if your child is at a healthy weight.
HIV and sexually transmitted disease (STD) Sexually active males and females age 12 and older need an annual HIV and STD risk assessment. Testing will be offered if you are at-risk.
Vision Checked once at age 3 to 5 years and at well-care visits, as recommended by your physician, from 6 to 17 years.
Additional tests Your child is tested at birth for thyroid deficiencies, intolerance to milk sugar (galactosemia), sickle cell disease and other hemoglobin diseases, and phenylketonuria or PKU. Your physician will let you know if your child needs additional tests for problems such as high cholesterol, tuberculosis, anemia, or lead exposure.