During the early years of life children need to visit the doctor regularly to assess your child is healthy and developing normally as well as immunisation. I have prepared this quick guide with a bit of advice for those who are about to start taking their children to the doctors.
Schedule your visits generally the visits will occur at :-
2 – 4 days, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months, 36 months. Try to pre-book your timeslots in advance as good time slots are often taken if not booked in advance.
You should also prepare for the visit and the doctor may ask you some questions regarding your child’s behaviour and development. So before you go you should assess or your caregiver you child for :-
- 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, sitting, crawling, standing,
- Sleep habits: How is your child sleeping during the day and at
night, and for how long?
- Language development: What sounds does she make or what
words does she say?
- Social-emotional development: Does he smile, laugh and respond
to you? Does he play with you, by himself or with others?
- Red flags: Is there anything that concerns you about your child
or her development?
To make life easier when you visit the doctors always worth preparing a few essentials and have a bag prepared for the trip :-
- a favourite book, toy or stuffed animal.
- a snack or drink.
- extra diapers and wipes.
- a umbrella and hand fan.
- a list of any questions you may have for the doctor.
- your child’s immunization book.