profile picture of Diane Bloomfield, MD, attending pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York
Diane Bloomfield, MD, attending pediatrician at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in Bronx, New York
Pediatrician

Three-Year Checkup?

My toddler’s three-year checkup is coming up. What should I expect at the appointment?

No need to stress about shots. The three-year-old physical exam is generally a needle-free affair, meaning there are typically no annual vaccines scheduled for this age.

Instead, your pediatrician will probably be looking closely at how your child is developing, both from a physical and from an emotional/ social standpoint. On the physical side, she’ll probably ask how things are going with hand-eye coordination, dexterity and fine motor skills, such as maintaining balance, riding a tricycle or drawing a circle. She may also ask about speech, language skills and other signs of cognitive development, and check up on your child’s  sleep habits and nutrition.

Remember, this is a good opportunity for you to ask any burning questions you may have about your child’s development or behavior — so write them down in advance and bring them your appointment so you don’t forget.

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