Chicago Family Health Center (CFHC) offers excellent primary care for children from the time they are infants, into their years as toddlers, children, adolescents and young adults. We have a team of dedicated pediatricians and primary care providers that can meet the healthcare needs of your children through the various stages of their growth and development.
Well-child care is the best way to keep your children healthy. As kids grow and develop, parents and caregivers should stay current with their well-child doctor visits, which consist of physical measurements, patient history, sensory screenings, behavioral assessments, immunizations, and other tests and lab work. Intervals for well-child visits are recommended during:
Baby’s first year:
- 3-5 days after birth
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
Baby’s second year:
- 15 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
- 36 months (2 ½ years)
Well-child visits are also recommended at three and four years of age. After the age of four, children should be seen by a doctor once a year for their annual physical exams and for developmental, behavioral and learning assessments.
Back to School Physicals
Chicago Public Schools, private and charter schools require students to receive medical and dental exams before entering school. CFHC provides these exams to current patients. Children who are not CFHC patients can make a new patient appointment and parents/guardians must bring children’s vaccination records when you come for your visit. Make an appointment.
School Medical Exams:
School medical exams include complete physicals as well as all required immunizations. Students beginning or returning to school must receive medical exams if they are entering:
- Preschool and kindergarten, up to age six.
- School for the first time in the state of Illinois, at any grade level.
- Kindergarten; sixth or ninth grades (or ages five, 11 and 15)
School Dental Exams
School dental exams include checkups for carries, dental sealants as well as restorative and preventative care. Students must receive a dental exam before May 15 of the current school year if they are entering:
- Second grade
- Sixth grade
If your child fails to show proof of a dental exam by May 15, your child’s report card may be withheld. As the state of Illinois makes regular changes to these requirements, it is important that you consult with your children’s school to verify the exams and immunizations needed .
Pediatric Dental Program
Children as young as six months should already receive oral care. Our dentists apply fluoride varnishes in children six months to three years old, which improves your child’s oral health early on and establishes good oral habits for the future. It is recommended that Pediatric dental visits be scheduled at the time of well-child visits or other primary health appointments. All children are covered under Medicaid for routine dental care.
Other Programs for Pediatric Patients
Our physicians and medical staff have developed essential programs tailored for kids in our community so they can grow to lead safe, healthy and happy lives. Specialized programs at CFHC include:
Developmental screenings: Children between six months and three years of age receive regular developmental screenings during well-child visits. Screenings are done using a questionnaire that helps determine if your child’s development is on target for their age.
Reach Out and Read: If your child is between the ages of six months and five years of age, be ready to discuss reading at his or her pediatric checkup. Our doctors will talk to you about the importance of reading aloud to your children and give you free, age-appropriate books to take home. Books are also available in Spanish.
Lead poisoning care and prevention: Our doctors and staff talk with you about how to keep your children safe from lead poisoning and test kids to see if they have been affected. If children have lead poisoning, we will offer treatment and teach you how to manage their conditions, depending on the environment and where you live. Our providers and staff will help you manage blood lead tests and provide the right follow-up care.
Obesity program: Our providers and staff are addressing the nationwide childhood obesity epidemic right here in our communities. They look at medical conditions, as well as the social and psychological factors that contribute to obesity and partner with parents, caregivers and the community to develop a health plan that is right for each child.
CHILDREN’S HEALTH SERVICES ARE OFFERED AT THESE CHICAGO FAMILY HEALTH CENTER LOCATIONS
SOUTH CHICAGO | PULLMAN | EAST SIDE | CHICAGO LAWN | ROSELAND