Two Year

Two Year Visit

Vaccine: Hepatitis A
Screening: iron and lead.

Two year olds have many emerging skills and are beginning to have increasing interaction with the world around them. But beware. During this age, your 2-year-old might show a variety of emotions, including affection, pleasure, assertiveness, and protest.

Children develop at their own pace, so it’s impossible to tell exactly when yours will learn a given skill. The developmental milestones below will give you a general idea of the changes you can expect as your child gets older, but don’t be alarmed if your child takes a slightly different course.

My child tantrums is this normal?

It is common for children this age to throw tantrums when they are frustrated or upset. Your child’s understanding of the rules can be very different from your expectations. During this time, setting firm and consistent limitations for behavior is important. Most 2-year-olds ultimately want to please their parents, so be sure to give lots praise your child when his or her behavior is appropriate and when he or she accomplishes a new skill.

Can I start potty training?

Your child might start showing signs that he or she is ready for potty training. He or she might stay dry for longer periods during the day or stool at around the same time every day. He or she might also be curious about the toilet and be able to tell you after he or she has voided or stooled. Children will generally learn to use the potty when they are ready. Encourage your child and provide assistance when needed. It’s normal for children to master potty training in small steps.

What can i do to ensure my home is safe for my little explorer?

Two year olds are naturally curious and increasingly adventurous. It is important to make sure your home is a safe environment for your child to play in. One major concern at this age is ingestions. Make sure your home is poison-proofed, paying special attention to cabinets at child level. Always leave cleaning solutions and other chemicals in their original containers. In the event your child ingests a potentially harmful substance, keep the container and call the poison control center toll-free at 800.222.1222. A representative will tell you what to do.

How do we obtain the blood for the iron and lead screening?
We will use a quick finger prick to obtain a small amount of blood from your baby. We will run the test in the office so that you have the results before you leave. If we obtain a positive screen, we will send you to an outside laboratory to confirm the results.

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