Well Child Visit Specialist

Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens

Pediatrician located in Irvine, CA

Well-child visits at recommended intervals provide essential insights into your child’s growth and development. Parents trust the team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens in Irvine, California to follow their children’s progress from birth through their teen years, and to measure and record those key milestones. Call the office to schedule a well-child visit or book online.

Well Child Visit Q&A

Why are well-child visits important?

Children go through many stages of development physically, mentally, and emotionally. Well-child visits provide an opportunity for the team at Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens to assess your child’s age-appropriate skills and behaviors and address any gaps.

What’s included in a well-child visit?

Well-child visits include preventive vaccines, growth monitoring, and an assessment of your child’s developmental progress. Your pediatrician asks questions about your child’s behavior, eating habits, and sleep patterns and addresses any concerns you have. They also discuss what to expect as your child continues to grow.

What milestones will my pediatrician look for during well-child visits?

Well-child visits change as your child matures. At the various stages of your child’s growth, your pediatrician monitors and asks about different aspects of their health. Well-visit exams over your child’s first few years will assess the following developmental milestones:

Four months

At four months, your child should be able to:

  • Hold up their head unassisted
  • Roll over from their stomach to their back
  • Push up onto their elbows from their stomach
  • Recognize faces of close family and friends
  • Match emotions of those around them

Six months

At six months, most children:

  • Pass items from one hand to the other
  • Roll over from front to back and from back to front
  • Hold themselves up on their legs (supported) and bounce

This is also the age when children typically start trying to crawl, notice their surroundings, and reach for items at a distance.

Nine months

Nine-month-old babies typically:

  • Recognize the word “no”
  • Make sounds that are starting to sound more recognizable
  • Play peek-a-boo
  • Put items in their mouth
  • Use their thumb and forefinger to pick up small items like cereal

At this age, children can usually sit on their own, crawl, and push up to a standing position (still supported).

One year

By age one, most children can say “mama” and “dada.” They typically cry when parents leave, are afraid of strangers, shake their heads and wave, drink from a cup, walk using furniture for support, stand without support, and can take a few steps.

18 months

The average 18-month-old has temper tantrums, points to items, says simple words, plays pretend, walks or even runs, and eats and drinks with utensils.

Two years

At two years, children begin to show interest in older children and exert independence. They can also:

  • String together several words
  • Follow directions
  • Stack blocks
  • Name items
  • Run
  • Navigate stairs while holding on
  • Kick a ball

Three years

Three-year-olds often demonstrate emotion, dress themselves, speak clearly and have simple conversations, complete simple puzzles, draw circles, climb, and navigate stairs one foot at a time.

Four years

The average four-year-old plays with other kids, learns numbers and colors, cuts with scissors, hops, can balance on one foot, and can catch a ball.

Five years

By age five, children typically act more independent, sing, dance, act, interact with friends, and follow rules.

Call Irvine Doctors of Kids and Teens to arrange your child’s next wellness appointment or schedule online now.