‘The development of the child should be monitored 16 times until the age of 6’

In order for children to continue their healthy development and prevent their illnesses and injuries, they should be monitored 9 times until 1 year of age and 16 times from 1 year to 7 years of age.

According to the information compiled by the AA reporter from the Ministry of Health due to the “April 15 Growth Monitoring Day”, programs for child health are being carried out in order to prevent and eliminate the negative effects of health problems.

Programs aiming to monitor, support and treat health problems of children help improve their quality of life while also reducing infant and child mortality rates.

In the calculations related to the return of investment to people, it is stated that the highest return is the “investment in brain development in the early years”.


Child monitoring takes an important place in the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of biological, psychosocial and developmental problems in the health system.

The main goal in child surveillance is to prevent the conditions that predispose to the disease by predetermining it instead of trying to heal it after the disease occurs. This is considered as a healthier and more economical approach.

Child follow-up also forms the basis of primary health and illness services. It is emphasized that it is the most natural right of every child to benefit from preventive medicine practices such as vaccination and health education, where growth and development are monitored and whether it is healthy or not.

The aim of sound child monitoring is determined as maintaining health, reducing and preventing infant and child mortality, illness, and injuries.

Every child born in Turkey in order to ensure the development and promotion of health, tracked nine times in the first year after birth. The first of these is performed in the hospital when the baby is born, and 8 follow-ups are carried out by family physicians.

According to ministry data, children from 1 year to 6 years old should be monitored at least 7 times. After the age of 6, it is stated that children should be monitored once a year throughout the school age.

In periods such as early childhood (0-3 years) and adolescence (10-19 years) where growth and development are rapid, the frequency and content of follow-up differ.


“School Health Services Cooperation Protocol” was signed between the Ministry of National Education and Health to ensure the health of school-age children.

Following the preparatory work, the “Health Protection and Promotion Program at School” was launched with the agreement reached between the two ministries. Under the program, schools, forming the framework of the project with all the programs to be executed and carried out under the school health, “Turkey’s school health model” aims to set up.

As of the end of 2016, annual periodic monitoring and examinations of the students were started by the family medicine units. With these periodic follow-ups, it is aimed to undergo a comprehensive examination at least once a year and to closely monitor all children by the age of 19, whenever they apply to the pediatrician during the year.

Baby, child and adolescent follow-up is done by family medicine units free of charge.


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