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Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your child’s weight, height, and head circumference and plot the measurements on the growth charts. Your doctor will also calculate and plot your child’s body mass index (BMI).
2. Administer a screening (test) that helps with the early identification of autism.
3. Ask questions, address concerns, and provide guidance about how your toddler is:
Eating. Don’t be surprised if your toddler skips meals occasionally or loves something one day and won’t touch it the next. Schedule three meals and two or three nutritious snacks a day. You’re in charge of the menu, but let your child be in charge of how much of it he or she eats.
Peeing and pooping. Most children are ready to begin potty training between 2 and 3 years. You may have noticed signs your child is ready to start potty training, including:
Sleeping. Generally 2-year-olds need about 11 to 14 hours of sleep a day, including one nap.
Developing. By 2 years, it’s common for many children to:
4. Do a physical exam with your child undressed while you are present. This will include an eye exam, tooth exam, listening to the heart and lungs, and paying attention to your toddler’s motor skills, use of language, and behavior.
5. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect kids from serious childhood illnesses, so it’s important that your child get them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect.
6. Order tests. Your doctor may assess your child’s risk for lead exposure, anemia, high cholesterol, and tuberculosis and order tests, if needed.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your child’s next checkup at 30 months:
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.
These age-specific guides can help you be prepared for and keep track of your well-child visits.
The toddler months might continue to bring colds, bruises, and other minor emergencies, but you’ll also find yourself dealing with your toddler’s emerging independence.
Communicating with a child is one of the most pleasurable and rewarding experiences for both parent and child. Learn how to connect with your 2- to 3-year-old.
It might look like just child’s play, but toddlers are hard at work learning important physical skills as they gain muscle control, balance, and coordination.
Kids this age are naturally active, so be sure to provide lots of opportunities for your child to practice basic skills, such as running, kicking, and throwing.
Regular well-child exams are essential to keeping kids healthy and up-to-date with immunizations against dangerous diseases. Here’s what to expect at the doctor’s office.
Building a relationship with your child’s doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.
During the third year of life, toddlers are extremely active and mobile, and are learning in very physical ways.
Some toddlers may seem too busy exploring to slow down and eat. Others may be fickle about food or refuse to eat at mealtime. That’s where healthy, well-timed snacks come in.
Reading to toddlers lays the foundation for their independent reading later on. Here are some tips.
You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing,” but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.
Doctors use certain milestones to tell if a child is developing as expected. Here are some things your toddler may be doing this month.
Get tips and advice on helping your child make the switch from diapers to big-kid underwear â for good!
Learn how to encourage good behavior, handle tantrums, and keep your cool when parenting your toddler.
Vaccines help keep kids healthy, but many parents still have questions about them. Get answers here.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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