Childhood Diseases

Posted by: S-p | 2008/10/03


12 Month Check Up

Hello Professor,

Is a 12 month check up at the paediatrician necessary?
My daughter will be 1 year on 29 October.

I have the following concerns:-
- my little girl is a very fussy eater, and does not eat much - on an average day she will eat 4tsp porridge for breakfast, a yoghurt for lunch, and a little pasta, and maybe vegetables for supper if I am lucky - I do offer her much more food than this though
- she drinks about 450ml of NAN 2 a day, and is breastfed a little at night, I am planning to change her to cows milk at 1 - but is it as filling as Formula?
- she is rather " addicted"  to breastfeeding still, and often it is the only thing that calms her - is it possible that she will self wean at some point, or should i start weaning her when I chose?

She has only been sick once in her life, with tonsilitis, and suffered a little with constipation -but other than this she is very healthy &  weighs between 9 - 10kg.

She has never been to creche, but unfortunately I am going to have to send her at about 15 months!

Please advise if you think a check up is necessary, as I am not sure if there are specific things that need to be checked at 12 months!!

THANK YOU for your time - I read the forum often, and your answers to other questions always help me too!

Expert's Reply



Thanks, I am pleased to be able to assist you. It is not necessary to take your baby for a check-up at 12 months. She is obviously thriving and her weight is exactly on the average for her age. She seems rather keen on her breastfeeds still and if possible you should keep on with this for another few months. Change her to Nido instead of her NAN2 at 12 months. She sounds pretty healthy as well and should be able to start going to creche at 15 months especially as it will be in the summer months when she starts.Keep all mealtimes happy and peaceful and she should join the family at breakfast and supper in particular.

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Posted by: MelS | 2008/10/03

I think it' s an important check up.

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