Child Growth and Development Enhanced 18 Month Well Baby Visit

The 18- month well-baby visit is a key appointment for immunizations and may be the last regular check-up before a child starts school.

This is a crucial opportunity to determine whether a child is meeting important developmental milestones and to make necessary connections among primary care practitioners, parents and community resources.

Physicians and other health professionals are in a unique position, through their continuing contact with patients and families, to increase the odds of children meeting their developmental milestones.

The enhanced visit allows physicians or other health professionals to take the time they need using standardized tools to:

  • Identify potential concerns early
  • Refer parents and children to appropriate local services if needed
  • Discuss any concerns the parent has