The toddler months continue to bring the medical challenges of colds, scrapes and bruises, and other minor emergencies. You'll also find yourself dealing with an emerging personality and increasing conflicts.
Your doctor will see your child four times for routine well visits during this period, at 12, 15, 18, and 24 months. If your toddler has missed any immunizations, or if a problem has been detected that needs special attention, additional visits may be scheduled.
The well-child checkups during your child's second year are similar to those before, but discussions with your doctor about behavior and habits may become more detailed as your toddler gets older.
Your toddler's checkup will include:
If they haven't already, kids this age might undergo a tuberculin skin test, especially those at risk for tuberculosis. You'll be given instructions on how to monitor the test and report results to the doctor's office. Your doctor may recommend a blood test to check for anemia and lead poisoning.
Address any questions or concerns you have, and write down any specific instructions the doctor gives you regarding special care. Keep updating your child's permanent medical record, listing information on growth and any problems or illnesses.
A child who did not have them at the 12-month visit will get these vaccines at 15 months:
At the 18-month visit, if not already been given, children should get:
Your child may also get a flu shot, which is recommended every year before flu season for children older than 6 months. If your child is at high risk for developing meningococcal disease, a serious infection that can lead to bacterial meningitis, your doctor may offer the meningococcal vaccine as well.
Discuss possible vaccine reactions with your doctor and get advice on when to call with problems.
There is a wide range of normal when it comes to reaching developmental milestones. But by 18 months, most toddlers:
By age 2, toddlers should be able to:
Talk to your doctor if you have concerns about your child's development.
By now you have probably called your doctor's office many times with questions and concerns about your child's health. Don't hesitate to notify the doctor if you think that something is wrong — you know your child best.