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12 Month Well Care

Immunizations

Forms

  • You will be asked at your visit to complete a developmental and behavioral screening called the PEDS Test (Parents’ Evaluation of Development Status).

Growth & Development

  • Your baby may walk with one hand held or while holding on to furniture and is able to stand without support.
  • Your baby says 1 or 2 words besides mama and dada and understands simple commands.
  • Your baby feeds with his/her hands, drinks from a cup with assistance, has a pincer grip of small objects, and offers a toy to another person.
  • Your baby begins to point.

Nutrition

  • Continue to offer a healthy, balanced diet.
  • Your baby needs 4-5 servings of calcium per day.
  • The increased ability to chew will allow the use of more chopped and soft table foods.  Avoid small hard foods that can cause choking.
  • Your baby’s appetite will decrease at this time; do not be concerned as this is normal.

Miscellaneous

  • Be careful!  Accidents and drug ingestions are too common at this age.
  • Keep all medicines and chemicals locked up or out of reach of youngsters.
  • Child-proof the areas under the kitchen sink and inside the bathroom cabinets.  Cap all unused outlets with plastic plugs or tape.
  • DO NOT USE IPECAC FOR ANY INGESTIONS INVOLVING PETROLEUM PRODUCTS.  Call the nearest POISON CONTROL CENTER for information as to what to do.  THE STATE POISON CONTROL PHONE NUMBER IS 1-800-222-1222.

Teeth

  • Take your child for his/her first dental visit at 12 months.
  • Brush your child’s teeth twice each day using water only and a soft toothbrush.

Next Visit: 15 month checkup