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Japan Healthcare Info. (JHI) is a social entrepreneur organization founded in 2010. Our healthcare professional staff are dedicated to providing service in order to enhance well-being of international community in Japan.

JHI is a selected member of the most renowned non-profit Japanese social entrepreneur training organization and awarded Japanese government grant in 2010.

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Baby Checkups


Generally speaking, there are seven standard baby checkups that follow are performed to insure proper development. Many of these are provided free of charge at local health centers, but the number and procedures for checks may vary slightly from city to city

 

The one month checkup

 

Overview

In the one month checkup, your doctor will check the overall growth of your baby. At this time, proper weight gain is the most important point of evaluation. Your doctor will also check for congenital diseases, such as hydrocephalus and heart problems.

What the doctor will do

Take body measurements, an examination by stethoscope on the chest and back, examine the abdomen by touch, check primitive reflexes (such as Moro reflexes), check the size of anterior fontanel, check for torticollis or dislocation of the hip joint, check the state of tension in muscles, examine the genitals and inside the mouth, check for jaundice and bruising, observe eye movement and reaction to sound, etc.

 

Where can I have a checkup?

The hospital you delivered your baby will often provide your one month checkup. Otherwise, you can find a local pediatrician who can provide the checkup for you.
One month baby checkups are not covered by health insurance. It usually costs around 3,000 to 5,000 yen, depending on the pediatric clinic.

 

The 3-4 month checkup

 

Overview

The most important point checked for is your baby’s neck strength and ability to hold up his or her head. Your doctor will judge this by first hold the baby upright and then by having the baby lay on their stomach. In some cases, BCG vaccination is also administered during this visit.

 

What the doctor will do

Take body measurements; an examination by stethoscope on the chest and back; examine the abdomen by touch; check the state of  the anterior fontanel; check for torticollis or dislocation of the hip joint; examine the genitals, navel and skin; observe eye movement and reaction to sound;  observe the baby’s state when lying face-down and sitting upright.

Where can I have a checkup?

Checkup at this stage is provided by your local city health center and will be free of charge.
You will receive an invitational postcard from the health center with a designated date and time for the checkup. This will be a group checkup with other babies of the same age at the health center.

The postcard will be in Japanese, and you will likely be sent a questionnaire about your baby’s health to fill out before you have the checkup. JHI can help you read the postcard and fill out the questionnaire on your behalf.
The checkups will also be in Japanese. We are happy to help you find a language assistant or to provide translation via telephone. Contact us for details.

 

The 6-7 month checkup

 

Overview

The main point of focus for this checkup is the activity of the baby, including sitting and rolling over. Your doctor will also check the baby’s mental development by observing whether the baby is afraid of strangers or if they react with happiness and laughter to toys.

What the doctor will do

Take body measurements; an examination by stethoscope on the chest and back; examine the abdomen by touch; check the state of the anterior fontanel; examine the skin and inside the mouth; check hearing and vision; check ability to roll over and sit down, ability to hold things, reaction to being lifted and whether the baby will push away a cloth covering his or her face.

Where can I have a checkup?

This will be held at your designated local pediatric clinic or at a public health center. Like the 3-4 month checkup, you will receive an invitational postcard with a coupon from your local health center. The postcard will be in Japanese and you will likely be sent a questionnaire about your baby’s health to fill out before the checkup.
JHI can help you read the postcard and fill out your questionnaire on your behalf.

If this checkup is done at a clinic, you will need to make an appointment before you visit. Bring the coupon so your visit will be free of charge.
We can help you find an English-speaking pediatrician in your area for baby checkups and arrange an appointment for you. Contact us for details.

 

The 9-10 month checkup

 

Overview

Your doctor will check your baby’s ability to crawl and to stand while holding on to a support. If the baby is unable to do this during the checkup, let your doctor know if he or she can do them at home. Your doctor will also check mental development by observing if the baby imitates the actions of people around him or her, like hand clapping or waving good-bye.

What the doctor will do

Take body measurements; an examination by stethoscope on the chest and back; examine the abdomen by touch; check whether the anterior fontanel is closed; check for torticollis or dislocation of the hip joint; examine the genitals; check for teething; observe the baby crawling, sitting and standing while holding a support; check parachute reflexes; watch for imitation of others and ability to hold small objects, etc.

 

Where can I have a checkup?

Much like the previous checkup, the 9-10 month checkup will be at a designated pediatric clinic or public health center, and you will receive an invitational postcard with a coupon. The postcard will be in Japanese and you will likely be sent a questionnaire about your baby’s health to fill out before the checkup.
JHI can help you read the postcard and fill out your questionnaire on your behalf.

If this checkup is done at a clinic, you will need to make an appointment before you visit. Bring the coupon so your visit will be free of charge.
We can help you find an English-speaking pediatrician in your area for baby checkups and arrange an appointment for you. Contact us for details.

 

The one year checkup

 

Overview

Some local governments do not provide 1 year checkups and fewer children receive them compared to the other checkups. But it is recommended to seek a checkup in this period because troubles in the eyes, ears and nerves can be found at this time.
In this checkup, your doctor will look for the baby to stand and walk while holding on to a support, and for the baby to be speaking and able to understand speech.

What the doctor will do

Take body measurements; an examination by stethoscope on the chest and back; examine the abdomen by hand; check whether the anterior fontanel is closed; examine the genitals; check for teething; test hearing, vision and development of the hands and fingers; check for the ability to walk while holding on to a support, the ability to stand by him or herself; check the level of speech understanding and the ability to speak, etc.

Where can I have a checkup?

This will be at a pediatric clinic, a local health center or at a designated public hall, varying depending on where you live.
JHI is happy to help you find information about 1 year checkups in your location. Contact us.

 

The 18 month checkup

 

Overview

Because this checkup is required by law, most local governments give this checkup at no charge. The main points checked for are the ability to walk and ability to communicate through speech.
Your doctor will have your baby play with building blocks to check the development of the hands and fingers as well as to check language ability. If your baby does not play or react the way the doctor instructs, please let the doctor know how he or she reacts at home.
A dentist will check for caries and instruct you on how to brush your baby’s teeth.

 

What the doctor will do

Take body measurements; an examination by stethoscope on the chest and back; examine the abdomen by touch; perform a dental checkup; check the state of the anterior fontanel; examine the genitals and skin; check hearing, vision and development of the hands and fingers; check ability to walk by him or herself; check ability to communicate through speech; observe reactions to questions, etc.

 

Where can I have a checkup?

This checkup is usually provided at your local city health center and will be free of charge. You will receive and invitational postcard from the health center with a designated date and time for the checkup. Depending on your city, it may be an individual checkup, but it is most often performed as a group checkup.

The postcard will be in Japanese and you will likely be sent a questionnaire about your baby’s health to fill out before the checkup. The checkup will also be in Japanese.
JHI and can help you read the postcard and fill out the questionnaire on your behalf. We are also happy to help your find a language assistant for the appointment or provide translation via telephone. Contact us for details.

 

The 3 year checkup

 

Overview

This is the last regular checkup before the preschool checkup. Many children at this age do not need diapers anymore and can run around actively. They can go up stairs with one on foot in front of the other.
Delays in development and problems with hearing or vision, which can be difficult to find, can now be detected. If your child has any developmental problems, your doctor will introduce you to a local consultation center or suitable medical facility.
A urinary test at this point is essential for early detection of kidney diseases and childhood diabetes.

What the doctor will do

Take body measurements, check for bow-leggedness and knock knee, examine the genitals, check for infantile umbilical hernia, perform a dental checkup, check hearing and vision, perform a urinary test, etc.

 

Where can I have a checkup?

Please visit the Where Can I Get a Health Checkup? page for more details.