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Information for Parents about the 18-Month Enhanced Well Baby Visit

This visit is a chance for you to have a detailed discussion with your family doctor about your child's growth and development. This includes your questions about behaviour, speaking, and activities that you can do to help your child grow and develop. It is a chance to ask about resources in the community that may be helpful to you as a parent and to prepare your child for school. 

This appointment is the last of a series of regularly scheduled primary care visits before your child enters school. It happens when your child is due for his 18-month immunization.

The 18-month doctor’s visit for your child is a bit longer than previous visits. This visit is called the "Enhanced 18 Month Well Baby Visit". Any doctor or health care professional (for example, a nurse practitioner) can complete this visit for you. If you need a family doctor, visit Health Care Connect

For more information, see the Your child's enhanced 18-month well-baby visit pamphlet.

You’re are the most important person in your child's life. Your relationship with your child, your parenting style and the activities you do with your child are very important to your child's development.

The LookSee Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS) is a quick checklist that will help you keep track of your child's development. It also gives you a list of simple activities you can do with your child to help him learn new skills.

Why is this visit happening at 18 months?

  • This is a time where you may be facing new challenges in being the parent of a toddler.
  • By 18 months, children should have reached a significant number of developmental milestones.
  • Some early developmental concerns may be noticed by this time.

What is a developmental milestone?

  • A milestone is a task or skill that a child learns.
  • Here are some examples of some milestones an 18-month-old child can achieve:
    • Identify a picture in a book.
    • Point to different body parts.
    • Walk alone.
    • Push and pull toys while walking forward.

Does my child have to be exactly 18 months?

  • No. This visit is for a child between the ages of 17 and 24 months.

What are the benefits of this visit?

This visit will give you a chance to ask your doctor questions about your child's growth and development. It’s a good time for you to discuss with your doctor:

  • Community resources.
  • Parenting strategies and classes.
  • Activities that can promote your child's development and prepare your child for school, such as reading.

For more information:

Region of Peel - Public Health
Caledon residents 905-584-2216
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
to speak with a Public Health Nurse

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