The 9-month well-baby checkup is a consultation with a pediatrician with the goal to check the baby’s overall health condition and if applicable, detect, diagnose, or monitor diseases.
Nine months is considered to be an exciting age for both the parents and the baby. More likely, this is the last wellness checkup for the child before he turns a year old. Around this age, he will be able to sit without any support and stand while being held. He can also crawl, pull himself to stand, become more engaged during play, and be more explorative. He may begin to touch objects such as toys, reach out to items found on above surfaces, and searches for things that you may be inclined to hide.
A 9-month-old child is also expected to be more social and his emotions may be wide ranging. For example, he may show fear and anxiety when he meets strangers or responds positively when he’s surrounded by familiar faces.
Children’s development can vary but pediatricians and other health experts working with kids use guidelines or standards that allow them to properly monitor children’s growth and health.
As the term implies, this particular check-up is for babies who are about nine months old. This is performed to:
Prior to the actual consultation, the nurse will perform initial physical exams and readings such as weight, height, and head circumference. The information is then plotted onto the child’s growth chart. The pediatrician will then:
The pediatrician will have a couple of questions to the parents, such as the types of food the baby eats, bowel movements, and activities in the home, among others. He will also take this time to counsel or guide the parents on how to manage their 9-month-old baby’s needs.
A typical consultation takes around 30 minutes.
Children at this age may be less receptive to people they don’t regularly see. They may also be very fussy or throw tantrums during the checkup. These may cause a delay that can easily extend the appointment.