Thursday, September 9, 2010

Doctor Visit Check List

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During the first few years of a child's life, he/she will need to visit the doctor frequently to ensure proper growth, development, and to receive her immunizations. In order to make the visit as efficient as possible, it is important to have some information available to the doctor.

Before each visit, you should pay attention to the following:
  • Sleep habits: How is your child sleeping during the day and at night, and for how long?
  • Bowel Movements: How many does he/she have per day?
  • Feeding: What is he/she eating and how often?
  • Physical Development: Is he/she rolling, crawling, standing, walking?
  • Language Development: What sounds does he/she make or what words does she say?
  • Social Development: Does he/she smile, laugh, and respond to you? Does he/she play with you, by themselves, or with others
  • Red Flags: Is there anything that concerns you about your child or his/her development?
While going through these questions, make list of any questions or concerns that you may have. This makes it so the visits are not a waist of your time or the doctor's time. It is also important to remember that going to the doctor with a baby can be a challenging thing.

 To make the doctor's visit go as smoothly as possible, consider taking the following things with you:
  • A favorite toy or books
  • A snack and drink
  • Extra wipes and diapers
  • Ablanket
  • Your list of questions for the doctor
  • Your child's immunization card
This information was adapted from  bornlearning.org

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