Well child checkups should resume

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Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations were to focus well child care on children less than 2 years of age to ensure they did not fall behind on primary vaccinations.

Recently the recommendations changed to resume well child care for all ages. Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby encourages and reminds parents that well child checks are still needed and important for healthy children. Visits have resumed at CRMC’s physician clinics in a safe, reliable environment.

Guided by infection control experts and recommendations from the CDC, CRMC has taken numerous steps in addition to standard rigorous infection prevention measures to ensure its facilities remain safe places for patients to confidently receive care.

Well child checks allow a doctor to track the development of the child. Each check provides an opportunity to measure progress and make sure children get the care they need to stay healthy.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends child visits at the following ages: 2 to 5 days, 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 2 years, 2½ years, 3 years and once every year thereafter for a physical examination and other assessments.


To schedule an appointment, call 218-546-7462.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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