It was like yesterday that you went for your toddler’s last visit and what a difference just a few months can make! The 18th-month visit will build upon the previous visit, and they are probably due on some immunizations. You may have some new questions about their developmental milestones, sleep, eating habits, or even observations the doctor told you to make. If your little one is due the 18-month pediatrician visit, then here’s all you need to know about what to expect and how to prepare for it.
By the time your toddler is 18 months, his doctor would be familiar enough with him and have his records. There are several things they will go over to ensure your toddler is developing healthily.
Eating: One of the first things the doctor will ask about is how well your toddler is eating. He might be a finicky eater like many other babies but as long as he is getting adequate nutrition, keep doing what works. If you are concerned that he may not be getting all the nutrition, you could ask about supplements. While you are there, ask about new snacks and feeding ideas, and also introducing new foods. Allergies are also something you need to go over if you are thinking of introducing new foods. The doctor would ask you whether he is bottle feeding or knows how to feed on a spoon. If you are still breastfeeding, you will be given weaning tips.
Sleep: The doctor will ask you how well your toddler is sleeping and any changes you may have noticed in the last few months. Is he getting a proper full night’s rest and one or two daytime naps? Does he become cranky and not sleep despite being tired? It will help if you have maintained a diary of your observation on his sleep patterns so you will have more information during the visit. If your toddler has issues waking up in between sleep, the doctor will offer you tips for routine changes to help him sleep better.
Potty training readiness: Potty training can start as early as a year, and the doctor may want to know if you are making efforts towards it if your toddler is showing signs of readiness. If you think he is ready, you will get some tips or advice on beginning potty training.
Development milestones: Development milestones give your doctor an indication that your toddler is progressing at the proper rate, and the information is useful in diagnosing problems of recommending additional support. Here are some of the developmental milestones your doctor might look for:
Sometimes toddlers reach milestones at their own pace, and some get there earlier while some do it a bit late, and it is all totally normal.
Behavior: Your doctor might ask about the changes in behavior you would see as your toddler gets older. His increasing self-awareness brings about a sense of independence that makes it harder to control him. Depending on your disciplining methods, you may also encounter challenges with your toddler. Discuss your concerns so the doctor can give you strategies that are age-appropriate to handle your toddler.
General topics: the doctor might want to talk about how your toddler deals with separation anxiety about their health care. Bring up any recent health issues he might have had or any allergies to food, clothing, or materials you might notice. Safety is also an issue as your toddler grows older, and you will have to discuss tips with the doctor on how to keep your toddler safe as he explores the world around him.
The growth and physical check-up is the next step to determine health and confirm any issues you may suspect your toddler has. Here is what it entails:
If your toddler has been showing signs of a problem since the last visit or for the very first time on this one, then the doctor will ask for a screening test for conditions such as:
Here are a few 18-month checkup shots your toddler might receive:
Here are a few questions your doctor might ask:
A few questions mentioned below, which you can ask your doctor :
There are a couple of things you need to keep in mind before your toddler’s 18-month doctor appointment. Here is a list:
The 18th-month check-up is crucial as your little one is developing fast and learning new things. It becomes increasingly difficult to keep up unless you are prepared for it. Make notes about observations you need to discuss and carry all the previous reports and logs of vaccination on your visit.
This post was last modified on February 8, 2021 10:45 pm
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