Youth health examination

You can use health checks for your children. Thus, the general state of health and the age-appropriate development of a child is regularly examined by a doctor. Possible problems or abnormalities can be identified and dealt with at an early stage.

The statutory health insurance funds cover the costs of early medical examinations for insured children and adolescents, which are also known as U-examinations and J-examinations. The examinations can be carried out by children and adolescents up to the age of 18. They are used for the early detection of diseases that endanger their physical, mental or psycho-social development. This includes, until the age of six, early detection tests for dental, oral and maxillofacial diseases, e.B. the determination of the risk of tooth decay and advice on nutrition and oral hygiene.

The information on the content, nature and scope of the investigations is provided by the Joint Federal Committee in the Directive on the Early Detection of Diseases in Children (U1 to U9) of the Youth Health Investigation Directive (J1).

For the examinations, you need your child's electronic health card and the children's examination booklet ("Yellow Booklet"), which you receive immediately after birth.

A valid electronic health card is required to prove the existing insurance.


In principle, insured children and adolescents are entitled to early detection examinations until the age of 18. However, the following examination periods must be observed:

  • U1 Immediately after birth
  • U2 3rd-10th day of life
  • U3 4th-5th week of life
  • U4 3rd-4th month of life
  • U5 6th-7th month of life
  • U6 10th-12th month of life
  • U7 21st-24th month of life
  • U7a 34th-36th month of life
  • U8 46th-48th month of life
  • U9 60th-64th month of life
  • J1 13th -14th year of age

Related Links

  • Section 26 Social Code Fifth Book (SGB V)

For an appointment, contact the attending physician. For more information, contact your health insurance company.

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Gender Equality

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