18 months of age
Your child becomes acquainted with the world by developing his own personal desires. One moment he wants to be independent, and the other is completely attached to you. This is a challenging time for parents, and handling their child requires patience and stability.
Try to see the world developing in your child’s eyes through his eyes!
The doctor will examine the child in detail, check his growth and psychomotor development, and answer your questions. A blood test to check for iron levels may be necessary. In addition, the child will be vaccinated.
Issues that could be discussed with your paediatrician during this visit:
• “He’s not gaining weight,” “She won’t eat,” “There’s always a fight at meal times”
• Psychomotor development (in particular walking, talking), vision, hearing
• Dealing with anger and negative behaviour
• How to handle the child’s increasing independence, setting limits, discipline
• How to ensure your child’s safety (medications, safety in the home), accident prevention
• Appropriate, safe, and unsafe toys, books, transitional objects
• Safe, enjoyable walks and playing, parks, playgrounds
• Hygiene issues, neatness, order and organisation (this is a period of disruption!)
• Dental hygiene
• Toilet training
• How to identify something that is not right
• Agreement between mum and dad about how they deal with the child
• Help from family and friends. Nanny, day-care nursery
When your child is two years old, a blood test may need to be done. Remember, we are here for you whenever you have questions or problems. Take a look at our information brochure! Try to be positive role models all round!