What to Expect During This Visit
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:
- showing interest in the toilet (watching a parent or sibling in the bathroom, sitting on potty chair)
- staying dry for longer periods
- pulling pants down and up with assistance
- connecting feeling of having to go with peeing and pooping
- communicating that diaper is wet or dirty
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:
- say more than 50 words
- put two words together to form a sentence ("I go!")
- be understood at least half the time
- follow a two-step command ("Pick up the ball and bring it to me.")
- run well
- kick a ball
- walk down stairs
- make lines and circular scribbles
- play alongside other children
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:
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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