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18-Month Well Child Visit

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What to expect during your child's 18-month well child exam

Now that your child is more than a year old, you may have questions about discipline, social growth, and how to adjust to a child that feels more like a toddler than a baby now. At this well child checkup, your provider will not only answer your concerns, but make sure he is healthy and well.

Below are some of the things your doctor may do at your child's 18-month checkup.


What your pediatrician may do during your child's 18-month checkup

Address any concerns of the new parent or caretaker

  • Do you have a list of questions we can go over together?
  • Has anything come up since our last visit?

Observe the overall development of your child

  • Do you have any new concerns about your baby’s development?
  • Has your child reached some of the common project developmental milestones for this age?
  • Can your child try to run or walk up stairs?

Complete physical examinations to ensure proper growth

  • How is your child’s weight and height looking or compare on a growth chart?
  • How often is your child eating, how much, and does it feel he has less of an appetite?
  • Is your child sleeping through the night and getting a sufficient nap?
  • How do your baby’s eyes and ears look?
  • How is your baby’s heart and breathing?

Perform recommended laboratory screenings and immunizations

  • Do you plan for your child to get the CDC recommended vaccines for DTaP, Hib, and Flu?
  • Are you interested or want to know more about immunizations?

Discuss the overall life of the child and give general guidance or medical recommendations

  • Is your child showing signs of affection?
  • Can your child listen to a story or turn the pages of a book?
  • Is your child starting to imitate you or the words you say?
  • Does your child enjoy singing time, being social with others or following simple commands?
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