Physical Health, Early Childhood

  • David Wood
  • Felicia K. Macik
  • Jeff Brown


Interventions in child health care to promote the physical health of children from birth to 5 years of age are multiple and diverse. Recommendations for these interventions have been published by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC), the US Preventive Healthcare Task Force, and others. The degree to which the different interventions have been studied for effectiveness is varied. Some recommended interventions, such as the periodic, unclothed physical examination, have a paucity of evidence of any kind to determine their efficacy, yet they are still recommended as the standard of care. Other interventions, including childhood vaccinations, have a wealth of evidence to support their efficacy. In this entry, we summarize the evidence from a population perspective for a selection of interventions commonly undertaken by child health providers to promote the physical health of children.


Dental Caries Auditory Brainstem Response Blood Lead Level Congenital Hypothyroidism Preventive Service Task 
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  • Felicia K. Macik
  • Jeff Brown

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