12-month Baby Checkup


Your small baby isn’t so small any longer– he’s turning one! And that milestone indicates that from now on, you’ll be making less “well” visits to his doctor. However that doesn’t imply these checkups aren’t as essential as those first-year visits. The pediatrician will be making sure your sweetheart stays healthy and on track with his vaccinations and turning points from first steps to first words and beyond. Would like to know what’ll happen when you’re visiting the doctor? Learn what to expect at this well-baby checkup.

12-month Baby Checkup Procedure: What the doctor will do

Weigh and measure your baby

You’ll have to undress your baby completely for weighing. The doctor weighs your baby, measures length and head circumference, and plots the numbers on a growth chart. The chart allows you and your doctor to track your baby’s rate of growth.

Do a total physical

  • Heart and lungs: Uses a stethoscope to listen for any irregular heart rhythms or breathing problems.
  • Eyes: Checks for signs of genetic eye conditions and other problems. May also check for obstructed tear ducts and discharge.
  • Ears: Looks for signs of infection and observes how your baby reacts to sound.
  • Mouth: Looks for signs of infection and any new teeth, among other things.
  • Head: Checks the soft spots (fontanels) and the shape of your baby’s head.
  • Body: Checks your baby’s reflexes and muscle tone, and examines his skin for rashes and paleness. Pale skin suggests iron-deficiency anemia which infants are at high risk for between 9 and 24 months.
  • Belly: Presses gently on the abdominal area to look for a hernia or enlarged organs.
  • Genital areas: Opens your baby’s diaper and look for signs of infection.
  • Hips and legs: Moves your baby’s legs around to try to find problems in the hip joints.

12 month checkup

Give your baby her shots

Your baby will get the Hib, pneumococcal, chicken pox (varicella), MMR, and hepatitis A vaccines (combined into two or 3 shots). Also: hepatitis B, and polio (if he hasn’t had the 3rd doses yet).

An assistant may administer the vaccines. This is typically done at the end of the appointment so you can have some privacy afterward to comfort your baby.

Address any other concerns

The doctor will order a blood test for iron-deficiency anemia and examine your child’s risk of lead exposure and order a blood test to screen for it, if required.

The doctor will resolve any other concerns (such as concerns about vitamins and treating falls, cuts and scrapes), ask you some concerns (see below), and help you understand what’s typical at this age.

Our doctor check out worksheet can help you get ready for your child’s next appointment. You may want to review the questions and write answers beforehand.

What happens at 12 month checkup?

  • Weigh and determine your child to make sure she’s growing at a healthy, constant rate.
  • Check your child’s heart and breathing.
  • Examine your child’s eyes and ears.
  • Procedure your baby’s head size to keep track of her brain growth.
  • Address any questions you have about vitamins, if you want your child to take them.
  • Resolve any of your concerns about your 12-month-old’s health, consisting of how to treat colds, coughs, cuts, and bumps and falls.
  • Offer details on how (and how not) to discipline your child.
  • Make certain your child is continuing to learn new abilities and not losing old ones.
  • Offer insight into your child’s development, character, and behavior.
  • Examine your child’s risk of lead exposure and order a blood test to screen for it, if required.
  • Order a blood test to screen for iron-deficiency anemia.

Questions the doctor may ask:

  • How does your child sleep? Your 12-month-old might be getting up often at night. He may miss out on the fun and friendship of daytime and hesitate to go back to sleep. The doctor might have useful ideas, particularly if you can offer information on how much your child sleeps and when. The majority of 12-month-olds sleep a little bit more than 11 hours at night and just under 3 hours throughout the day.
  • How is your child eating? Twelve-month-olds can feed themselves with their hands and drink from a sippy cup. Many kids have tripled their birth weight by their first birthday. Don’t worry if yours is a little ahead of or behind that marker.
  • The number of teeth does your child have? Many 12-month-olds have as lots of as 8 teeth. Others still have none. Your child might suffer from red, swollen, and tender gums when his teeth are erupting, and your doctor can suggest methods to soothe them. As quickly as teeth emerge, begin brushing them when a day.
  • Is your child pulling up? Standing? Walking? By now your child is probably a knowledgeable cruiser and can stand on his own. He may even have taken his first steps. If not, don’t worry– many children don’t walk till they’re 14 or 15 months old. But if your child cannot bear his own weight on his legs, inform the doctor. In addition to pulling up and standing, your child needs to likewise be crawling or getting around some other method. If he’s not, let the doctor understand.
  • Does your child point at objects? In between 9 and 12 months, a lot of children start pointing at things that capture their attention, such as dogs and toys. It’s a nonverbal method of aiming to communicate with you and an essential step in language development.
  • What does your child say? At this age most kids can sign up with syllables together and jabber wordlike noises, say “mom” and “dada,” and maybe state a few other words as well. Let the doctor know what your child comprehends. Your child should know and respond to his own name and other familiar words and show an interest in others’ discussions. If he’s not making any sounds or is making fewer than he was previously, tell the doctor.
  • How are your child’s social skills? Many 1-year-olds delight in playing games with others, consisting of peekaboo and patty-cake. Your child will copy daily actions such as sweeping the floor or brushing his hair and will be abundant and curious the majority of the time. He’ll most likely look for interaction with familiar people but will be anxious when separated from you or around strangers.
  • How are your child’s fine motor abilities? Twelve-month-olds want to point at things and can use both hands together when playing with items. If your child isn’t using both hands equally, inform the doctor.
  • Have you noticed anything uncommon about your child’s eyes or the method he takes a look at things? At every well-baby visit, the doctor should check the structure and positioning of the eyes and your child’s capability to move them correctly.
  • How’s your child’s hearing? If your 12-month-old does not turn toward sounds, guarantee to inform his doctor. The faster potential hearing problems are investigated, the quicker they can be treated.


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