What to Expect During This Visit
Your doctor and/or nurse will probably:
1. Check your toddler's weight, length, and head circumference and plot the measurements on the growth charts.
2. Ask questions, address concerns, and offer advice about how your child is:
Eating. By 12 months, toddlers are ready to switch from formula to cow's milk. Children may be breastfed beyond 1 year of age, if desired. Your child might move away from baby foods and be more interested in table foods. Offer a variety of soft table foods and avoid choking hazards.
Pooping. As you introduce more foods and whole milk, the appearance and frequency of your child's poopy diapers may change. Let your doctor know if your child has diarrhea, is constipated, or has poop that's hard to pass.
Sleeping. One-year-olds need about 11 to 14 hours of sleep a day, including one or two daytime naps.
Developing. By 1 year, it's common for many children to:
- say "mama" and "dada" and one or two other words
- follow a one-step command with gestures (such as pointing as you ask for a ball)
- imitate gestures
- stand alone
- walk with one hand held and possibly take a few steps
- precisely pick up object with thumb and forefinger
- feed self with hands
- enjoy peek-a-boo, pat-a-cake, and other social games
3. Do a physical exam with your child undressed while you are present.
4. Update immunizations. Immunizations can protect kids 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.
5. Order tests. Your doctor may check for lead exposure, anemia, or tuberculosis if your child is at risk.
Here are some things to keep in mind until your child's next checkup at 15 months:
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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