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This Version Posted: September 22, 2020

A MILESTONE MOMENT

– How Well is Your 18-Month Old Doing? Enhanced Doctor’s Visit Lets You Check on Progress –

 

Is your child 18-months of age? If so, it’s time to make an important medical appointment to check on your child’s progress.

The Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit reminds local parents/caregivers about the Enhanced 18-Month Well-Baby Visit (www.18monthvisit.ca) available for children in Ontario. It’s one of the most important medical checkups for a child and well worth making even during COVID-19.

“Eighteen months marks an important milestone in a child’s development, so even during the pandemic, it’s important to check in with your health care provider to see how your child is doing,” says Jennifer Kurpjuweit, a Public Health Nurse with the HKPR District Health Unit.

The Enhanced 18-Month Well Baby Visit is an extended medical appointment with a health care provider. The visit ensures a child gets recommended vaccines, but it is also a chance for parents and health care providers to discuss all aspects of a child’s health and wellbeing. Included is a review of a child’s development through the use of the Looksee Checklist. This checklist highlights key skills most children should master by 18-months of age. Completing the checklist can help identify concerns and lead to referrals to more specialized community support services if needed.

“The Enhanced 18-Month Well Baby Visit is well worth the time and effort,” Kurpjuweit notes.

If your 18-month-old child needs any vaccines and you don’t have a family doctor, call the Health Unit at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1507, to book an appointment for immunization.

The Health Unit also advises parents/caregivers about other resources to support a child’s development:

  • Visit the Looksee Checklist for a series of easy-to-use milestone tools that help monitor a child’s development from one month to six years of age. The 18-month checklist covered during the 18-Month Well Baby Visit is also available here and may be valuable to complete before the appointment.
  • Go to the 18-Month Well-Baby Visit Planner to help prepare for the checkup. The website guides users through five key areas of healthy child development that can be raised or flagged with a health care provider.
  • Access Play&Learn for free online games and activities that can engage young children and help them learn, grow and thrive.
  • Contact the HKPR District Health Unit for parenting support and resources. Call the Healthy Families intake line at 1-866-888-4577, ext. 5003, visit the Health Unit website (hkpr.on.ca), or go to the HKPR Healthy Families Facebook Page for an online forum on parenting and family issues.

 For media inquiries, contact:

Jennifer Kurpjuweit, Public Health Nurse, HKPR District Health Unit, 1-866-888-4577, ext. 1267.