Questions to expect at the 12-month doctor visit

Questions to expect at the 12-month doctor visit

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  • What to expect

    These slides show you the questions your child's doctor is likely to ask you at the 12-month well-baby checkup about your child's health, sleeping, and feeding habits. Jot down your answers on our printable doctor visit worksheet to take with you to the appointment.

  • How is your child sleeping?

    Your 12-month-old may be waking up often at night. He may miss the fun and companionship of daytime and be reluctant to go back to sleep. The doctor may have helpful suggestions, especially if you can provide details on how much your child sleeps and when. Most 12-month-olds sleep a little more than 11 hours at night and just under three hours during the day.

  • How's your child eating?

    Twelve-month-olds can feed themselves with their hands and drink from a sippy cup. Most kids have tripled their birth weight by their first birthday. Don't worry if yours is a little ahead of or behind that marker.

  • How many teeth does your child have?

    Many 12-month-olds have as many as eight teeth. Others still have none. Your child may suffer from red, swollen, and tender gums when his teeth are erupting, and your doctor can suggest ways to soothe them. As soon as teeth emerge, start brushing them once a day.

  • Is your child pulling up? Standing? Walking?

    By now your child is probably an experienced cruiser and can stand on her own. She may have been walking for a while or just be taking her first steps. If not, don't worry – many children don't walk until they're 14 or 15 months old. But if your child can't bear her own weight on her legs, tell the doctor.

    In addition to pulling up and standing, your child should be crawling or getting around in some other way. If she's not, let the doctor know.

  • Does your child point at objects?

    Between 9 and 12 months, most children start pointing at things that catch their attention, such as dogs and toys. It's a nonverbal way of communicating with you and an important step in language development.

  • What does your child say?

    At this age most kids can join syllables together and jabber wordlike sounds, say "mama" and "dada," and maybe say a couple of other words as well. If your child's not making any sounds or is making fewer than he was before, tell the doctor.
    Let the doctor know what your child understands. He should know and respond to his own name and other familiar words and show an interest in others' conversations.

  • How are your child's social skills?

    Most 1-year-olds enjoy playing games with others, including peekaboo and patty-cake. Your child will imitate everyday actions such as sweeping the floor or brushing her hair and be exuberant and curious most of the time. She'll probably seek out interaction with familiar people but be anxious when separated from you or around strangers.

  • How are your child's fine motor skills?

    Twelve-month-olds like to point at things and can use both hands together when playing with objects. If your child isn't using both hands equally, tell the doctor.

  • Have you noticed anything unusual about your child's eyes or the way he looks at things?

    At every well-baby visit, the doctor should check the structure and alignment of the eyes and your child's ability to move them correctly.

  • How's your baby's hearing?

    If your baby doesn't turn toward sounds, be sure to tell his doctor. The sooner potential hearing problems are investigated, the sooner they can be treated.

  • Watch the video: What will the doctor do at my first prenatal appointment? (May 2022).


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