– stops babbling, vocalizing simple words, or doing things he or she used to do
– seems overly sensitive to certain noises like a blender
– doesn't seem to like to cuddle, smile or interact with others
While it is normal to see variation in speech at this age, pediatricians can help make sure that your child is on track during well visits, which offer:
– Prevention: Your child gets scheduled immunizations to prevent illness. You also can ask your pediatrician about nutrition and safety in the home and at school.
– Tracking growth and development: See how much your child has grown in the time since your last visit and talk with your doctor about your child's development. You can discuss your child's milestones, social behaviors and learning.
– A way to raise concerns: Make a list of topics you want to talk about with your child's pediatrician such as development, behavior, sleep, eating or getting along with other family members. Bring your top three to five questions or concerns with you to talk with your pediatrician at the start of the visit.
– Team approach: Regular visits create strong, trustworthy relationships among pediatrician, parent and child. The AAP recommends well-child visits as a way for pediatricians and parents to serve the needs of children. This team approach helps develop optimal physical, mental and social health of a child.
Pediatricians have many tools to assess your children’s progress and help them reach their full potential.
ABOUT THE WRITER
Dr. Datta Munshi is a community pediatrician in Georgia with a strong interest in pediatric behavioral health. She also is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics. For more information, go the HealthyChildren.org, the website for parents from the AAP.©2021 Tribune Content Agency, LLC.