Common topics include food habits, playing, and spending time together. Eating and movement habits are formed early in a child’s life and can affect them throughout their entire lives. You can also talk about being a parent, family life, how things are going for your child in pre-school, and child safety.
You will talk and play with your child together. The nurse will observe how your child moves, plays, and communicates. Your child will be examined, weighed, and measured.
Vaccinations against measles, mumps, and rubella are offered as part of the visit. It is preferable that you speak with your child about what is going to happen and that your child feels calm prior to vaccinations. During the vaccinations, your child sits on your lap and can be distracted with soap bubbles or toys, among other things. As a parent, you are a source of safety to your child. If you feel uncertain or have concerns prior to the vaccination, you can speak to the BVC nurse.
Feel free to use these images to help prepare your child for the visit
Welcome to your 18-month visit at the BVC
Have a look at this series of pictures prior to visiting the BVC. They illustrate the various steps of the visit. It is preferable that both you and your child are prepared and familiar with what is going to happen.