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- Parents Encouraged to Book a ‘Well-Baby Visit’ Medical Appointment for Their 18-Month-Old Children -

Is your child 18-months of age? If so, be sure to support your child’s healthy development by booking a well-baby visit with your health care provider.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reminds local parents and caregivers about the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit that is available to them and their year-and-half old children.

Since 2010, the Ontario government has provided extra funding to allow health care providers to conduct the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit. This longer, more in-depth medical appointment is provided to children who turn 18-months old to assess their growth and development. Typically, the well-baby visit will include:

• A checklist that parents complete giving a snapshot of their child’s development.

• A discussion about the important 18-month milestones (e.g. speech, eating, sleeping, fine motor skills) for children and how parents can support their child’s growth and development.

• The provision of vaccines, which are required for children at 18-months of age.

• An opportunity for parents to ask questions or discuss any concerns they might have about their child’s well-being.

• Information about local community supports and programs that parents can access.

• Referrals for additional support for a child if concerns are identified.

“Eighteen months is a key moment in a young child’s development, so it is an important time to check in with a medical expert to see that your child is doing well and is on the right track,” says Shelley Shaughnessy, a Family Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit. “The sooner that potential delays and problems are identified, the better off it is for a child and the entire family. Early identification of potential problems means that a child can be referred to the right community service or program where he or she can get the necessary care and support.”

To find out more about the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit, call the Health Unit toll-free at 1-866-888-4577 and speak to a Family Health Nurse, or visit www.hkpr.on.ca.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Shelley Shaughnessy, Family Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, (905) 885-9100, or 1-866-888-4577.

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