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Well Child Visit At 15 Months
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A well child visit is when your child sees a healthcare provider to prevent health problems. It is a different type of visit than when your child sees a healthcare provider because he is sick. Well child visits are used to track your child's growth and development. It is also a time for you to ask questions and to get information on how to keep your child safe. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them. Your child should have regular well child visits from birth to 17 years.
Where to take your child for well child visits:
It is best to find a medical home for your child. A medical home is a doctor's office or clinic where your child sees the same healthcare providers every time. A medical home will also keep your child's health records. The healthcare providers will get to know your child and your family so they can give him the best care. They will also make sure he receives vaccines on the recommended immunization schedule to protect him from diseases.
What happens during a well child visit at 15 months:
Your child's healthcare provider may do the following:
- Chart your child's head growth, weight, and height
- Check your child's vision and hearing
- Check your child's teeth or tell you to take him to a dentist, and talk to you about your child's tooth care routine
- Ask what your child eats and if he is still breastfeeding
- Help you decide what to feed your child
- Ask how often your child urinates and has bowel movements
- Ask how well your child is sleeping, and review safe ways to lay him down to sleep
- Check your child's speech
- Talk to you about putting sunscreen on your child to prevent skin cancer
- Ask how often you read to your child, and remind you to read text your child sees outside the home, such as street signs
- Review home safety and childproofing, and water safety, such as not leaving your child alone in the tub and not allowing him to swim alone
- Tell you never to put your child in a walker because they are not safe, and tell you to limit bouncer chair or swing time
- Make sure you have a rear-facing child safety seat in every car, and that it is installed properly in the back seat
- Give your child any vaccines he needs (hepatitis B, hepatitis A, DTaP, HiB, pneumococcal, polio, MMR, and chickenpox)
Milestones of development your child may reach by 15 months:
Each child develops at his own pace. Your child might have already reached the following milestones, or he may reach them later:
- Say about 3 or 4 words
- Point to a body part such as his eyes
- Walk by himself
- Use a crayon to draw lines or other marks
- Do the same actions he sees, such as sweeping the floor
- Take off his socks or shoes
What you need to know about your child's next well child visit:
Your child's healthcare provider will tell you when to bring him in again. The next well child visit is usually at 18 months. Contact your child's healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about his health or care before the next visit. Your child may get the following vaccines at his next visit: hepatitis B, hepatitis A, DTaP, and polio. He may need catch-up doses of the hepatitis B, HiB, pneumococcal, chickenpox, and MMR vaccine. Remember to take your child in for a yearly flu vaccine.
Changes that may happen before the next well child visit:
- Ask your healthcare provider about new foods you can offer to your child. Do not give your child foods that can cause choking. Examples include hotdogs, raw vegetables, nuts, and whole grapes. Children younger than 4 years should not eat these foods.
- Your child may also start using a cup instead of a bottle.
- Your child's healthcare provider may also make changes to his tooth care routine.
- Your child may start to have more temper tantrums over the next few months. Talk to your healthcare provider about safe ways to handle tantrums.
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