Child Development Checks
Most child development checks, other than the initial six-eight week check, will be carried out by the Health Visitor rather than the Doctor.
If the Health Visitor notes any problems with your child’s development e.g. hearing, eyesight, motor skills, she can refer your child directly to a Paediatrician and does not have to ask the GP to do so.
Six to eight Week Check for Babies
This first check usually takes place between six and eight weeks. Your baby is seen by the Doctor during Baby Clinic. The Doctor will listen to any worries that you may have and discuss how your baby is developing.
Weight gain will be measured as a baby should be putting on weight steadily by this age.
It is also possible that the first immunisations will be given.
Seven to Nine Month Review
This review is done by your Health Visitor or a Doctor.
During this period before your child is a year old, he/she should be able to crawl, sit unaided, manipulate things e.g. open/shut, push/pull, and fill/empty.
He/she should have a pincer grip, pulls to stand, walks holding on to furniture, and knows items exist when they are out of sight.
Your Child’s 18 month development
Most children are able to walk unaided, crawl upstairs, and imitate play. He/she can turn knobs, switches, dials, and empty and fill containers.