Baby's Second Year -- Your 15-Month-Old

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH YOUR CHILD:
3 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW


1. Your child's 15-month checkup has arrived. This is a time to share your child's amazing accomplishments with his doctor. He's changed a lot since you were there a mere three months ago! Here is a glimpse of what you can expect at the doctor's office this month:

History: Be ready to discuss any issues that have come up since your last appointment.
Measurements: Prepare your baby book for new height, weight and head-circumference measurements.
Developmental and behavioral assessment: Be prepared to explain your child's developmental milestones. Remember that all children develop at different rates. Do not worry if your child hasn't hit all the "normal" marks.
Screenings and immunizations: Screenings may be done for anemia and lead exposure. Vaccines may include MMR (measles, mumps and rubella), varicella (chicken pox) and flu shot (if seasonally appropriate).
Guidance: Expect a brief preview of things to look for before your next visit.
Physical exam: Expect a head-to-toe exam. Feel free to ask your doctor any questions you may have.
Questions and answers: Before your appointment, be sure to jot down your questions. Use this time to ask for advice and settle any concerns.

Learn more about immunizations

2. Your child is learning how to express her feelings. What could parents possibly enjoy more than knowing that the intense love they feel for their child is truly returned? Each day she's discovering new ways to express her feelings. You'll witness new, intense displays of affection, excitement and pleasure. Keep on hugging and kissing your bundle of joy and take great pleasure in each and every little hug you get back. Now you'll believe that your 4am lullabies were appreciated!

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