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Early detection examinations should help to detect possible health problems or abnormalities at an early stage.

In Germany, every child is entitled to early detection examinations. Since 1991, there has been a uniform early detection program for children in Germany. Up to school age, this program includes ten medical examinations (U 1 - U 9). In the 13th-14th year of life, another examination is offered, the J 1.
With the help of the early detection examinations, possible health problems or abnormalities should be detected and treated at an early stage.

Certain periods of time are specified for all early detection examinations:
U1 - after birth,
U2 - 3rd to 10th day of life,
U3 - 4th to 5th week of life,
U4 - 3rd to 4th month of life,
U5 - 6 to 7 months of age,
U6 - 10 to 12 months of age,
U7 - 21 to 24 months of age,
U7a - 34 to 36 months of age,
U8 - 46 to 48 months of age,
U9 - 60 to 64 months of age,
J1 - 13 to 14 years of age.

It is important that the examinations take place in the prescribed periods, since the timely early detection and treatment of some diseases can be successful only in a certain period of time. In addition, the examination dates are chosen in such a way that important development steps that take place in certain periods of time can be assessed.


The Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) advertises with the project "Ich geh' zur U! And you?" for an increase in participation in early detection examinations in childhood.

Information on children's health and early detection examinations can be found on the website of the Schleswig-Holstein state portal.

  • BZgA - Ich geh' zur U! And you?
  • Children's Health - Early Detection Examinations
  • § 26 Social Code (SGB) Fifth Book (V) - Statutory Health Insurance,
  • § 7a Act on the Public Health Service (Health Services Act - GDG).

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  • § 26 SGB V
  • § 7a GDG

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