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Health Information For Parents
The toddler months continue to bring the medical challenges of colds, scrapes and bruises, and other minor emergencies. You’ll also find yourself dealing with an emerging personality and increasing conflicts.
Your doctor will see your child four times for routine well visits during this period, at 12, 15, 18, and 24 months. If your toddler has missed any immunizations, or if a problem has been detected that needs special attention, additional visits may be scheduled.
The well-child checkups during your child’s second year are similar to those before, but discussions with your doctor about behavior and habits may become more detailed as your toddler gets older.
Your toddler’s checkup will include:
If they haven’t already, kids this age might undergo a tuberculin skin test, especially those at risk for tuberculosis. You’ll be given instructions on how to monitor the test and report results to the doctor’s office. Your doctor may recommend a blood test to check for anemia and lead poisoning.
Address any questions or concerns you have, and write down any specific instructions the doctor gives you regarding special care. Keep updating your child’s permanent medical record, listing information on growth and any problems or illnesses.
A child who did not have them at the 12-month visit will get these vaccines at 15 months:
At the 18-month visit, if not already been given, children should get:
Your child may also get a flu shot, which is recommended every year before flu season for children older than 6 months. If your child is at high risk for developing meningococcal disease, a serious infection that can lead to bacterial meningitis, your doctor may offer the meningococcal vaccine as well.
Discuss possible vaccine reactions with your doctor and get advice on when to call with problems.
At the 18-month visit, toddlers undergo a screening test to help identify developmental delays and autism.
There is a wide range of normal when it comes to reaching developmental milestones. But by 18 months, most toddlers:
By age 2, toddlers should be able to:
Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about your child’s development.
By now you have probably called your doctor’s office many times with questions and concerns about your child’s health. Don’t hesitate to notify the doctor if you think that something is wrong — you know your child best.
And always call the doctor if your child has a fever, is acting sick, has serious problems sleeping, is refusing all food or drink, is vomiting, or has diarrhea.
Find out what this doctor’s visit will involve and what your baby might be doing by the first birthday.
In an emergency, health care professionals will have many questions about a patient’s medical history. It’s easy to compile this information now, and it could save critical minutes later.
Choosing baby products can be confusing, but one consideration must never be compromised: your little one’s safety.
In an emergency, it’s hard to think clearly about your kids’ health information. Here’s what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
Toddlers have little tummies, so serve foods that are packed with the nutrients they need to grow healthy and strong, and limit the sweets and empty calories.
Kids go from babies to toddlers during this time, from first steps to walking well. They also make major strides in language and communication.
You’re in for a year of changes! Midway through this year, most babies are walking and starting to lose that “baby” look.
Your toddler is probably saying a few first words now, but you may not be able to understand them all. Learn about how your child is communicating.
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.
Most toddlers this age are walking and gaining even more control over their hands and fingers. Give your child lots of fun (and safe) things to do to encourage this development.
Nighttime feedings may be a thing of the past, but in this second year of life your tot might be rising for other reasons. Learn more.
Find out what this doctor’s visit will involve and what your toddler might be doing by 15 months.
Find out what this doctor’s visit will involve and what your toddler might be doing by 18 months.
Find out what this doctor’s visit will involve and what your child might be doing by the second year.
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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