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Children's Health


Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis Treatment (EPSDT)

Heritage Health - Nebraska Total Care

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) are preventive care for children under the age of 21. These are also called well-child checkups. Doctor visits when your child is well helps make sure they are growing, healthy, and safe. EPSDT is key to ensuring that children and young adults receive preventive, dental, mental health, developmental, and specialty services.

EARLY: Treat problems soon.

PERIODIC: Set up regular appointments.

SCREENING: Check for a medical problem.

DIAGNOSIS: Find a medical problem.

TREATMENT: Care for a problem.


Why are EPSDT screenings important?

Well-child checkups are important for your child’s health. Your child can look and feel well but still have a health problem. During your child’s appointment, their PCP will check:

  • Growth 
  • Development
  • Learning
  • Ears and eyes
  • Diet
  • Immunizations
  • Test records