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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 and suggested activities and resources to help 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).
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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’s 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
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What can I expect at a well-baby visit?

You can expect your health care provider to:

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