From the first day of your child’s life, you can trust the experts at Essentia Health to provide exceptional pediatric primary care and support the needs of your family.

What’s a Pediatrician?

Pediatricians are doctors who provide care for the unique needs of children during their critical developmental years (birth to age 21). Rely on Essentia’s pediatricians to provide compassionate and comprehensive care during your child’s journey to adulthood, including:

  • Preventive care, such as well-child visit and routine screenings
  • Growth and development monitoring
  • Diagnosing and treating illnesses, infections, and injuries
  • Managing chronic conditions

If your child has a complex health situation, a pediatrician can address potential problems early and refer your child to a pediatric specialist. Take advantage of Essentia’s collaborative, streamlined process for coordinating care.

Team-Based Care

Essentia’s staff is driven to make sure you and your child have a positive experience. Trust our team of professionals to:

  • Get to know your child and family
  • Help you navigate the health care system
  • Schedule appointments and coordinate follow-up care
  • Send information to all the members of your child’s health care team
  • Update your child’s care plan

You can count on this team to work together and care for your child as if they were their own. Parents can access their child's medical record via Essentia's MyHealth portal. With MyHealth, you can schedule appointments with your child's family medicine doctor or pediatrician and communicate with their care team online. More Information

What is a Well-Child Visit?

A well-child visit is one of the best ways to make sure your child is healthy and thriving. Kids bodies grow and change quickly, which is why an annual well-child visit is so important.

At a well-child visit, your pediatrician or primary care doctor will:

  • Perform a physical exam
  • Give the child any necessary shots, such as immunizations or vaccinations
  • Track your child's growth and ask about development and behavior
  • Talk about illness prevention, nutrition and physical fitness, and health and safety issues
  • Talk about how to handle emergencies and sudden illness
  • Discuss any mental health concerns such as anxiety and depression

Schedule a well-child visit with your pediatrician or family medicine doctor.

How Often Should My Child See a Doctor?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following schedule for well-child exams:

American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations

  • Newborn
  • Two to four weeks
  • Two months
  • Four months
  • Six months
  • Nine months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 months
  • 30 months
  • 36 months
  • Once every year after the age of three

Regular vision exams can put your child on a healthy path. Learn more about recommended pediatric vision care at Essentia Health.

Vaccines for Children

Count on us to protect your child’s health with recommended childhood immunizations [PDF]. Essentia has received recognition for going above immunization goals set by the Minnesota Department of Health.


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