The one-year visit

Safety:

  • Make sure the hot water heater is set no higher than 120F to prevent burns
  • Your baby may be forward facing in the car if she weighs at least 20 pounds
  • Don’t forget to put the gates at the top and bottom of the stairs
  • A bucket of water is as deadly as a swimming pool when it comes to drowning
  • Make sure the cabinets, drawers, and cupboards have safety latches that work
  • Hard pieces of food can still pose a choking hazard despite the number of teeth

It is also a good time to ask about what concerns you have about your baby’s care. The next routine check-up is usually at 15 months of age. Things your baby may be able to do between now and then include:

  • Make a tower of two cubes
  • Walk without help
  • Begin to use a spoon
  • Understand a one-step command using a gesture
  • Increase the vocabulary to several words (or even more than 10)

Screening Tests

A test looking for anemia (hematocrit or hemoglobin) is usually done if it wasn’t done at the nine-month visit. In addition, a test for lead exposure is done for those children at risk.

Immunizations

  • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Flu shot - Given (at the appropriate time of season) if the child has certain high-risk conditions such as asthma, chronic lung disease, or heart problems.

Good luck, have fun, and don’t forget to schedule the 15 month visit.

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