Developmental and Behavioral Assessment
The parent/s will be asked questions about what their child can do. Some of these developmental milestones may also be demonstrated during the physical exam. Some examples of what your doctor will be asking include:
- Is your baby smiling?
- Does your baby seem to be able to track objects with his eyes?
- Is your baby lifting her head up when placed on the stomach?
- Has your baby begun to coo?
Don’t worry if your baby does not do all of the things listed above. 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.
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, be sure to ask if it is normal for your baby to occasionally cross his eyes (it is), or whether he could be teething (probably not yet.) And remember, there is no such thing as a stupid question.
All states require certain blood tests to look for treatable diseases that would otherwise go undiagnosed until significant damage is done. This collection of tests is often referred to as the newborn metabolic screen and would have been done within the first few days of life. Confirm that the doctor received these results back from the state and that they were normal.