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Your baby’s checkup at nine months

Your baby’s checkup at nine months

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When you take your nine months old baby to the doctor, you should be prepared about the checkup. Here are a few pointers to remember.

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

How to examine your baby?

Your baby will be weighed and measured for length and head circumference

Your doctor may check your baby’s eyesight and hearing

Your doctor will discuss health concerns, like colds, fevers and diarrhoea, as well as developmental milestones, like crawling and speaking

Your baby will get any missed immunization; ask your doctor if your baby has missed any

Your doctor can discuss common concerns, like safety for the baby on the move

Your doctor may ask about any concerns you have since your last appointment

How to check your baby’s growth?

At 9 months, babies usually range from 26.25 inches long and 16 pounds (10th percentile) to 29 inches long and 21.5 pounds (90th percentile).

What to ask the doctor?

Physical growth and coordination

Speech and language



Emotional state

Day care


What answers is the doctor looking for?

How is your baby sleeping?

How and what is your baby eating? How much per day? After introducing other foods, how has your baby done?

How is your baby getting around? Is she crawling or scooting?

    Keep these points in mind. Be open to ask anything to your doctor in case of any question or clarification. Remember, a healthy checkup is the key to a healthy baby.

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