Early detection examinations for children

You can take advantage of health check-ups for your children. Thus, the general state of health and age-appropriate development of a child is regularly examined by a doctor. Possible problems or abnormalities can be detected and treated at an early stage.

The statutory health insurance funds cover the costs of medical early detection examinations for insured children and adolescents, which are also known as U-examinations and J-examinations. Children and adolescents up to the age of 18 can take advantage of the examinations. They are used for the early detection of diseases that endanger their physical, mental or psycho-social development. Up to the age of six, this also includes early detection examinations for dental, oral and jaw diseases, e.B the determination of the risk of caries and advice on nutrition and oral hygiene.

The Federal Joint Committee regulates more detailed information on the content, type and scope of the examinations in the Guideline for the Early Detection of Diseases in Children (U1 to U9) of the Guideline on Adolescent Health Examination (J1).

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

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


Insured children and adolescents are entitled to early detection examinations up to 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 age
  • U7a 34th-36th month of life
  • U8 46th-48th month of age
  • U9 60th-64th month of life
  • J1 13th -14th year of life

Related Links

  • ยง 26 Fifth Book of the Social Code (SGB V)

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

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Lower Saxony Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Equality

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