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When a baby is born, immunizations and screenings are performed. As a baby grows, other tests can be requested, like a hearing test, vision or even a test for lead levels.

Sometimes, it's the parents who see signs and request the testing. An obvious concern is an overweight child measured with a BMI or body mass index.

"It's the height to weight ratio (that) is astronomical, that they are growing much larger than should. They are sitting in front of the TV and not outdoors," family practitioner Dr. Renate Mazzei said.

Genetics put kids at risk for certain diseases. If mom or dad has cholesterol issues or heart disease, kids may be tested at a young age. The blood test may include a fasting glucose and fasting cholesterol panel.

Find out more in this edition of “Child Wellness” in the video above.

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