Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) are covered for children ages birth through 20 years who are enrolled in Medical Assistance. A C&TC visit often meets the health checkup requirements for school, Head Start, WIC, child care, camp and sports participation physicals. Be sure to take any forms you need with you to the appointment.
C&TC is the name for Minnesota’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Program.
What’s the purpose of the C&TC program?
- To promote recommended preventive health services for families
- To support healthy growth and development of infants, children and adolescents
- To identify any potential health problems or disabilities early
- To provide diagnosis and treatment of any health problems or conditions
- To promote the development of good health habits, including healthy eating and physical activity
What’s included in a C&TC visit?
- Information about good physical and mental health
- Complete physical exam
- Hearing check
- Vision check
- Lab tests
- Checks on development and growth
- Referral to the dentist
- Time to ask questions and get answers about your child’s health, behavior and development
- Time to discuss thoughts, feelings and relationships
How often should I take my child for a checkup?
How often a child gets a health check depends on the child’s age. Visits are recommended at these ages:
- Between birth and 1 month
- At 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months
- At 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 years
- Every two years after age 6
- More often if needed
Get regular dental checkups starting at the eruption of the first tooth or by age 1.
- Your doctor, dentist or clinic
You can get help finding a doctor or dentist, making an appointment, finding transportation and arranging for an interpreter if needed.
- Call your health plan member services.
- Call Nobles County Child and Teen Checkups staff at 507-295-5360.
Why are C&TC visits important?
- Regular health checks help keep children healthy.
- Health and dental problems can be found and treated early.
- Children can get tested for anemia and exposure to lead or tuberculosis and other diseases.
- Parents and children can get information about healthy lifestyles.