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Developmental and Behavioral Assessment
This is primarily done by asking the parent what the child can do. However, some of these developmental milestones may be demonstrated during the physical exam. Some examples of what your doctor will be looking for include:
- Does he pull up to stand?
- Can he cruise (walk around holding onto furniture)?
- Does she wave “bye-bye”?
- Will he imitate sounds?
- Does she say any words?
- Is she showing signs of stranger or separation anxiety?
Your baby may not be doing these things or may be doing a lot more. Each baby develops differently, so these milestones are simply guidelines that allow the doctor to monitor the pace of your child’s development over time. Don’t worry if your baby does not do all of the things addressed above. This may be completely normal.
A complete head-to-toe exam will be performed. Don’t be afraid to ask what the doctor is looking for while doing the exam. For example, is his bow-leggedness normal (it almost always is), and should his “soft-spot” be gone now (it is normal for it to be present or absent). And remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question.
This is the time when the doctor can give some insight as to what to expect before the next visit. Issues concerning feeding, injury prevention, sleep position, and sleep patterns are some of the topics that the doctor may discuss.