15 Months: Well Child Appointment Schedule

Development

  • Walking, running, and climbing are common skills that toddlers of this age are mastering. With their ongoing curiosity they will “get into” lots of situations that may be dangerous for them. Please make sure that you are adequately childproofed at home.
  • The average 15 month old will have between 4 and 8 words they use on a consistent basis, although this number can vary substantially. Your child probably also babbles constantly which you can almost assume is their own language, just one that we don’t understand!
  • Your child may also be exploring feeding themselves using utensils. They probably make a mess as they do so, but they may also be insistent on continuing their attempts.

Behavior

  • Is your child shy or outgoing? Is he or she bothered by such things as loud noises, bright lights, and tags on the back of their shirt or do they ignore such sensory stimuli? Are they regular in their eating and sleeping habits or rather haphazard? These are examples of temperamental traits that every child displays. Collectively their traits can be viewed as a temperamental style and this greatly influences how your child behaves in just about every situation. So to understand why your child misbehaves it is important to understand their temperament.
  • To improve your child’s response to discipline remember these key points: Be absolutely consistent, be immediate in reacting to trouble, and don’t overlook the importance of responding in a positive way to good behavior.

Nutrition

  • Don’t expect your toddler to eat everything served to them at each meal. Eating habits of toddlers are often erratic. One day they may eat only one good meal and sometimes it seems as though they go several days without eating anything significant.
  • Continue to offer your child a selection of nutritious foods. Similar to adult recommendations the selections should focus on the four main food groups: Cereals and grains, fruits and vegetables, dairy products, meats, poultry and fish.
  • The number one cause of choking on food is hot dogs. Other foods that have greater chances of leading to choking include; whole peanuts and grapes, carrots, popcorn, and hard candies. Be very careful in serving these foods to your toddler. If you choose to give your child a hot dog you should quarter it lengthwise and then cut it up into small pieces.

Please review with your provider if an iron supplement, fluoride and/or Vitamin D is recommended for your baby

Sleep

  • Around 15 months of age is a common time for children to reduce the number of naps from two a day to one a day.
  • Remember to maintain consistency in their sleep schedules. Having a well established ritual before they go to bed will help them realize that soon they will be expected to lay down and fall asleep.

Miscellaneous

  • This will be your child’s first MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccination. While generally well tolerated, the vaccine may sting when given and a few children will get a low grade fever or a rash in 7 to 10 days.

Your child’s next visit is at 18 months of age