Why Pediatricians Want To Check 9-Year-Olds' Cholesterol

February 24, 2014 5:46 PM

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Why Pediatricians Want To Check 9-Year-Olds' Cholesterol

The yearly pediatrician's visit can seem like the same old thing: height, weight, shots. But the rules for well child visits are changing, and the nation's pediatricians want to make sure that parents and doctors are up to speed on the changes.

Children should get a cholesterol test between the ages of 9 and 11, according to guidelines published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Teenagers should get tests for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, between 16 and 18. And newborns need to have their blood oxygen levels checked before t...

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