Texas Health Steps Medical Checkups

A Texas Health Steps medical checkup is more than routine. Each checkup is designed for your child’s specific age and includes all the medical screenings, vaccinations (shots), and laboratory tests recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Each time you take your child to a Texas Health Steps medical checkup, the doctor or nurse will do a head-to-toe examination of your child, checking things like: 

  • Skin condition. 
  • Ears, nose, and throat. 
  • Teeth. 
  • Vision.
  • Hearing.
  • Head and brain (includes testing of coordination, reflexes, and senses).
  • Heart. 
  • Chest and lungs. 
  • Stomach area / abdomen. 
  • Bones and skeletal structure. 

Medicaid pays for all Texas Health Steps checkups. If the doctor finds something that needs attention, Medicaid will likely pay for any treatment your child needs.

In each Texas Health Steps checkup your child’s doctor or nurse will talk with you about your child’s health. You’ll get answers to your questions about how your child is developing and what to expect as your child grows.  

If you need help finding a doctor who can give your child a Texas Health Steps checkup, call your child’s Medicaid medical plan or call 1-877-847-8377 (1-877-THSteps). That’s a toll-free call.

Texas Health Steps will send you a letter when your child is due for a medical or dental checkup. Here are the ages when they should get these checkups:

  • Babies and toddlers:
    • Newborn (before 5 days old)
    • 2 weeks
    • 2 months
    • 4 months
    • 6 months
    • 9 months
    • 12 months
    • 15 months
    • 18 months
    • 2 years
    • 2 ½ years
    • 3 years
    • 4 years
    • 5 years
  • Older children, teens, and young adults: Once a year.

Children age 14 years old or younger must have their parent or guardian with them when they visit the doctor or clinic.

How's Your Child Growing?

If your child is 5 years old or younger, use this search to find out how often your child should get Texas Health Steps Medical and Dental checkups. Find your child’s age and click “Go.”