Well Child Care

(newborn, infant, child)

Anticipatory guidance
Crying / colic
Dental health
Discipline / Parenting
Growth – Head circumference, Height, Weight, Body mass index
Healthy active living
Injury prevention
Normal development
Nutrition & Feeding
Sleep issues
Social-economic / cultural / home / environment
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

  • Describe the use and limitations of tools to support periodic health supervision
  • Describe the principles of screening tests
  • Describe how cultural values influence health and health care interactions
  • Take a family history to identify increased risk for inherited conditions and discuss mechanisms and patterns of inheritance
  • Describe the nutritional requirements for growth and maintenance of health for infants, children and adolescents
  • Compare breast and formula feeding
  • Describe how vaccines work and the diseases they prevent
  • Summarize the benefits and contraindications of immunizations
  • Describe the epidemiology of childhood injury
  • Describe age-related measures to reduce injury in the pediatric population
  • Identify risk factors for hearing impairment
  • Describe normal dental development
  • Describe the pathophysiology of and risk factors for dental carries and gingival disease
  • Explain the concept of reinforcement and factors that influence learning and behavior
  • Describe sleep physiology and stages, sleep needs for different age groups, and best practices for sleep hygiene
  • List the effects of sleep deprivation
  • List risk factors for and strategies that decrease the risk of Sudden Infant Death
  • Describe the concept of developmental surveillance

Overview & Foundational Knowledge

Effective discipline for children



Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statement (2004, 2013) *This is recommended as a MUST READ resource*

Goldenring, JM & Rosen, DS. Getting into adolescent heads: An essential update. Contemporary Pediatrics 2004.


Article in Contemporary Pediatrics, available through the AAP. Lengthy but excellent article. Provides great examples of questions for the adolescent HEADSS history (included in a table within the article).

Prager, LM. Depression and suicide in children and adolescents. Pediatrics in Review 2009; 30 (6): 199-206.

Overview article on depression and suicide in children and adolescents.

Hunt, CE & Hauck, FR. Sudden infant death syndrome. Canadian Medical Association Journal 2006; 174(13): 1861-1869.

Review article on SIDS.

First Episode Psychosis: An Information Guide


Information on first episode psychosis from CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health).

Bagnell A. Anxiety and separation disorders. Pediatrics in Review 2011; 32: 440.

Overview of common pediatric anxiety disorders with differential diagnoses.

Kenyon C et al. Revisiting the social history for child health. Pediatrics 2007; 120: e734-8.

Overview of the social history and the IHELP pneumonic.

Clinical Resources

Rourke Baby Record: Evidence-based infant/child health maintenance guide


*This is recommended as a MUST READ resource*

Grieg Health Record


Grieg Health Record for ages 6 to 17 years; covers mental health, adolescence, social and home context. *This is recommended as a MUST READ resource*

Foster, HE & Jandial, S.  pGALS – A screening examination of the musculoskeletal system in school-aged children. Arthritis Research Campaign No. 15, 2008.


Brief article outlining an MSK screening examination with excellent visuals/images.

Public Health Agency of Canada: Immunization Schedules



Immunization schedules including catch up schedules and provincial schedules, in English and French.

Healthy active living: Physical activity guidelines for children and adolescents



Canadian Paediatric Society Position Statement (2012). *This is recommended as a MUST READ resource*

Pediatric Blood Pressure Tables


Tables of normative values (percentiles) for pediatric blood pressure based on age, gender and height percentile. Mandatory resource for evaluating blood pressure in pediatric patients.

The Well Child Visits


Seven-minute video on the components of the well-child visit history and physical exam. Search site for “well child visits” under “pediatrics.”

Calculating Calories for Infant Feeding


Outstanding six-minute video on calculating calories and volumes for infant formulas and breast milk. Search site for “calculating calories” under “pediatrics.”  Uses both mL and ounces.

Clinical Presentations