At Peninsula Pediatrics, we don’t just help your children when they’re sick; we help them, and your whole family, stay well all the time.
Happy Birthday! Wow, a lot has changed in a year. Your little infant is now babbling, picking things up, curious, social and on the move! Your little one is starting to seek independence and will want to try out lots of new things.
Before your visit, you will receive a link to the following questionnaires
PEDS-DM: This questionnaire is a standardized developmental screening that you will receive at all your little one’s well visits from ages 5 weeks to 5 years.
At this visit you should expect your child to
- Have their weight, length, and head circumference measured
- Have a complete physical exam
- Have their vision checked using an instrument-based screening tool (Read more about how this works and why it is important)
What vaccines or screening tests should I expect at this visit
At this visit, your little one will get their first MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) vaccine and their final Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine)
Most babies do well after vaccinations. You may notice that your little one is having looser or greener stools for up to a week. There is no intervention needed.
A small percentage may develop fevers, fussiness or redness/swelling at the injection site. For redness or swelling, you can apply cool compresses to the area for soothing. For fussiness or fever (temperature above 100.4 F) you can give your little one some acetaminophen. All dosing in pediatrics is weight based. You can find the dosing chart here.
Vaccine reactions can last up to 72 hours after vaccination. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to us.
Safety and parenting tips
- Your child will start exploring and testing limits. This is normal child development. Try to avoid saying no all the time and rather redirect your little one and use words such as gentle or careful. Save no for the most important concerns.
- Try to use positive language such as please sit as opposed to don’t stand.
- When you are able to, try to have family meals together. This provides an opportunity to model healthy eating habits. Encourage your little to feed themselves during meals and allow them to experiment with utensils.
- It is normal for children this age to feel nervous or hesitant around new people. Allow your child time to adjust to new people and surroundings.
- Brush your little one’s teeth twice a day with a small rice grain size of toothpaste with fluoride.
- Most babies this age will nap twice a day. However, your little one will likely start to transition to one nap a day between 12-15 months old.
- Your little one should transition from formula to whole milk. The goal is about 16-20oz of whole milk a day.
When is my little one’s next visit?
The next visit is in 3 months when your little one is 15 months old.