ALL patients are seen at our Portsmouth office on Saturday and Sunday for sick visits from 9-12 am




55 High Street
Suite 102
Hampton, NH 03842



330 Borthwick Avenue
Suite 101
Portsmouth, NH 03801

Well Child Visits

The 15 Month Visit

The fifteen month old is entering the age of exploration. His mobility has increased and he will take full advantage of his ability to expand his ever growing horizons. Learning is very rapid at this age. Both expressive and receptive languages are developing. Many 15 month olds have a vocabulary of 5 10 words, some more, some less. Commands are now often understood by your toddler. Experiment frequently to see what he can do. Gross motor skills are increasing and most 15 month olds are getting into the age of “climbing”. Continue to read to your child and play labeling games. Allow him to attempt to feed himself with a spoon or fork. Frustration is common for 15 month olds, so be patient and try to ignore the tantrums!

At this stage, toddlers are more interested in playing than eating. Don’t be concerned if it seems your baby “isn’t eating enough”. Provide him with nutritious table foods cut into small pieces and served in small portions. Because of choking danger, foods such as hot-dogs, peanuts, uncooked carrots, nuts, whole grapes, popcorn and chips should be avoided. Now is the time to be weaning your child from the bottle or the breast.

Most likely, your baby will be falling asleep more quickly and demonstrate improvement in sleeping through the night. Be aware that some toddlers, at this age, begin climbing out of the crib. Be sure the mattress is in its lowest position. If your baby is able to climb out, plan transition to a bed.

Special Concerns:
Teeth. If you haven’t started, now is the time to brush your child's teeth. Use a soft toothbrush and a small amount of toothpaste (about the size of a pea) Allow him to help. The easiest way is to stand behind your child so he or she can watch in the mirror. It is important for you to supervise and help because your toddler does not have the coordination to remove plaque  adequately.

Your baby may be developing an awareness of when he soils his diaper, but it is still too early for toilet training. Avoid placing too much importance on something he may not yet be able to control.  

adapted from John Chamberlain
                                                                                                                  Rose Boynton,
                                                                                                                              Barton Schmidt