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Well Baby Visit: 2 Years

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This visit will probably go more smoothly than the 18-month one because your 2-year-old will be more interested in the whole business. It's easier and more enjoyable for her to talk to the doctor or nurse who examines her. She's also probably a little less worried about being touched by strangers, although she'll want to be on your lap or have you next to her every step of the way. Early appointments are better than afternoon ones. Avoid naptime.

At this visit, your provider will probably:

  • Weigh and measure your baby. Click here to see our growth chart.
  • Provide insights into your child's physical and emotional development.
  • Answer any questions you may have about surviving the "terrible twos."
  • Discuss toilet training, preschool, and child care.

Your provider will want to know:

  • Has your baby seen another health care provider since the last visit? If so, why? What was the outcome of that visit, and were any medications or treatments prescribed?
  • How many words does your baby know? Can she use two-word phrases?
  • Does she imitate you? Does she play with trucks or dolls?
  • Can she kick a ball? Can she walk up and down the stairs using both feet or one foot at a time?
  • Is she shy around strangers, at least at first?
  • Can she follow a story and name pictures in a book?
  • Can she follow a two-step command?
  • Is there a family history of heart attacks before age 50? If so, there may be some testing of your child's fat balance that needs to be done at this time.
  • If your child is extremely fearful and/or has a hard time with other children.


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