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Well-Baby Visits

What are well-baby visits?

  • Well-baby visits are a chance for you to see how your child’s development is coming along, and talk with your health care provider about any questions or concerns you might have.
  • You can also get some tips, activities and resources to encourage your child’s development.
  • 18 months is a milestone in a child's development and a visit to a family physician or other health care provider at this time is especially important (many skills such as speech and language are starting to emerge).

What are the benefits to a well-baby visit?

  • Well-baby visits give you and your doctor an opportunity to check in to see how well your child is growing.
  • Your doctor will review all areas of your child’s development (not just their height and weight):
    • Large-motor skills: coordination of large muscles such as the legs
    • Fine-motor skills: small muscle coordination (for example movement of the fingers)
    • Speech and language skills: use of words and forming sentences
    • Emotional skills: how they communicate needs and/or feelings
    • Social skills: how they interact with others
    • Self-help skills: how they become independent

What can I expect at a well-baby visit?

You can expect your health care provider to:

Why is 18 months an important time in my child’s development?

  • Key skills, such as speech and language are starting to emerge.
  • Your baby’s 18-month well-baby visit (external link) is a chance for:
    • your doctor to assess your child’s development.
    • you to discuss any concerns you may have.

Will the 18 month well-baby visit be longer than the other visits?

  • Yes, it will be longer and more in depth than previous visits.
  • You will have the opportunity to have a more detailed discussion about your child with your doctor or another health care provider.

What can I do to prepare for the 18-month well-baby visit?

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