Compulsory medical examinations of the child: the calendar

From birth to adolescence, children undergo 20 compulsory medical examinations. The objective? Ensure the proper development of the child, on several levels.

Monitor the child's growth

During each of these examinations, all covered 100% by Health Insurance, the general practitioner must monitor:

  • changes in weight and height as a function of age;
  • physical development;
  • psychomotor development;
  • emotional development;
  • the possible existence of anomalies or deficiencies;
  • vaccinations.

As a reminder, the 11 compulsory vaccines in infants are those against diphtheria, tetanus, polio, whooping cough, measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B, the bacterium Haemophilus influenzaen, pneumococcus and meningococcus C .


The results of these compulsory examinations are then reported in the child's health record and in their shared medical file, if they have one.

The calendar of compulsory examinations

Since a decree dated February 26, 2019, this surveillance has been divided into 14 examinations during the first three years of the child, three examinations between the 4th and 6th year, as well as three others from the 7th to the 16th year.

The exam schedule is as follows:


-Within 8 days of birth : 1 examination after which the doctor draws up the child's first health certificate.

-During the 2nd week : 1 exam

-From the 1st month to the 6th month : 6 exams, in other words 1 per month


-During the 9th month : 1 examination after which the doctor draws up the child's second health certificate

-During the 12th month : 1 exam

-During the 13th month : 1 exam

-Between 16 and 18 months : 1 exam

-During the 24th or 25th month : 1 examination at the end of which the doctor draws up the third child health certificate

-During the 3rd to 6th years : 4 exams, in other words 1 each year

-Between 8 and 9 years old : 1 exam

-Between 11 and 13 years old : 1 exam

-Between 15 and 16 years old : 1 exam

Source: Public service

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