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Catch health problems early with regular checkups

Toddlers grow fast. Regular health exams will help the doctor spot problems, and take care of problems early — while they still can be fixed.

If you do not have a doctor for your child, ask your local health department. They can give you the name of a doctor or health department clinic where your child can get a complete exam.

Keep your child’s health record in a safe place where you can find it easily. You will need the record when you enroll your child in day care, nursery school, or kindergarten. If your child needs special food or medication while away from home, the health record gives caregivers the correct medical information.

Toddlers should get health checkups at about 12 months, 15 months, 24 months, 36 months — and after age 3, every 2 years. Of course, if parents or doctors have special concerns about the child, exams will be more frequent.


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