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Health Information For Parents
Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on the growth charts.
2. Do a screening test that helps with the early identification of developmental delays.
3. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about how your baby is:
Eating. Your baby should be eating a variety of baby foods, in addition to regular feedings of breast milk or formula. Your baby can probably drink from a cup and may try to self-feed with his or her fingers.
Peeing and pooping. You may notice a change in the color and consistency your baby’s poopy diapers as you introduce new foods. Tell your doctor if your baby has diarrhea or has stools that are hard, dry, or difficult to pass.
Sleeping. The average amount of daily sleep is about 12 to 16 hours. Your baby is probably still taking two naps a day — one in the morning and another sometime after lunch — but every baby is different. Waking at night is common at this age.
Developing (milestones). By 9 months, it’s common for many babies to:
There’s a wide range of normal, and children develop at different rates. Talk to your doctor if you’re concerned about your child’s development.
4. Do a physical exam with your baby undressed while you are present. This will include an eye exam, listening to your baby’s heart and feeling pulses, checking hips, and paying attention to your baby’s movements.
5. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect babies from serious childhood illnesses, so it’s important that your child receive them on time. Immunization schedules can vary from office to office, so talk to your doctor about what to expect
6. Order a blood test. Your doctor may check for lead exposure or anemia.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your baby’s next checkup at 12 months:
These checkup sheets are consistent with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)/Bright Futures guidelines.
Babies this age might be about to say their first words, and communicate using body language. Read more about communicating with your baby.
At this age, babies start to explore table foods.
From scooting to crawling to cruising, during these months, babies are learning how to get around.
As your baby becomes more independent, you may have questions about how to prevent bumps and bruises. Here are some other topics you’ll cover with your doctor.
Building a relationship with your child’s doctor requires communication and reasonable expectations.
Here’s how you can stimulate your baby’s senses and provide a safe environment for exploration.
Your baby is growing by leaps and bounds, and may even be crawling or cruising. Here’s what to expect this month.
Sleep problems are common in the second half of a baby’s first year. It’s best to respond to your baby’s needs with the right balance of concern and consistency.
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.
Your baby is learning more about the world through play and is beginning to use words. Keep those toys and games coming!
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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