Guiding Your Child Through The Early Years
2 Years Features
Find out what to expect at the 2-year visit.
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Date Of Visit:____________________
Things your doctor will do at today's visit:
- Ask for an update on your child's health.
- Examine your child.
- Ask about possible exposure of your child to lead and test for lead if indicated.
- Ask about your family's history of heart disease and test cholesterol levels, if indicated.
- Discuss your child's risk of anemia (iron-poor blood) and test for anemia if indicated.
- Ask about possible exposure to tuberculosis (TB) and test your child if indicated.
- Make sure your child's immunizations are up to date.
- Give you an opportunity to ask questions.
Things you may want to discuss at this visit:
Your child's growth and nutrition.
Your child's behavior and development.
Questions or concerns about toilet training.
Issues around discipline, temper tantrums, limit-setting.
Your child's sleeping habits.
Any concerns about your child's language, hearing or vision.
Your child-care arrangements.
Any other concerns you have.
Things to keep in mind:
- Always use a car seat , and only place a car seat in the back seat.
- Supervise your toddler closely.
- Watch your toddler carefully when she is around water, including buckets, pools, toilets or bathtubs.
- Offer your toddler healthy foods at meals and snacks. Let him decide what and how much to eat.
- Do not give your child foods that could cause choking, such as peanuts, popcorn, carrot sticks, whole grapes, raisins, whole beans or hard candy.
- Switch from whole milk to low-fat milk.
- Brush your child's teeth and gums with a soft brush and a small (pea-sized) amount of fluoride toothpaste.
- Delay toilet training until your toddler shows signs that he is ready.
- Expect that your child will be curious about body parts; use the correct words to describe these parts.
- Spend time every day playing with your child.
- Provide choices, but also set limits. Be consistent and use time-out or other similar methods for disciplining unacceptable behaviors.
- Limit television and video watching to less than one hour per day. Watch programs with your child.
Schedule an appointment for your child's next visit, usually at 3 years of age.
Based on health supervision guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and from Bright Futures, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the direction of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Last updated February 17, 2011