Anne Bossy BSc(N), CDE
A: I would suggest that a first visit should be around the age of 12 months. This is an opportunity for the dentist to meet your child and provide prophylactic fluoride treatment as well as giving advice about good dental hygiene. Q: Hello. I am constantly thinking about what I need to do with my son. My son is 18 months old and therefore I do not know if we should get him vaccinated. What is the opinion of the Children’s Hospital?
A: Children appear to be more susceptible to the H1N1 virus and the best thing you could do to protect your son would be to have him vaccinated as soon as possible. You can consult www.pandemiequebec.gouv.qc.ca to locate the clinic nearest to your home.
Q: My grandson turned one on November 4 and we celebrated his birthday on the 1st. We noticed that when he wants to see things higher up he’s lifting his head and his neck up instead of looking up with his eyes. When we’re sitting at his level though, everything is fine. Is there a problem with his eyes, or his eyelids? His eyesight is very good otherwise. Thank you, - Jean, grandfather
A: Without examining your grandson it is difficult to give a precise answer. Although he sees well, your description suggests an abnormality of the nerves/muscles involved in eye movement. I would certainly recommend that you consult a pediatrician and/or pediatric ophthalmologist (you would need to get a referral from your pediatrician for this).
Q. Hello. What do you think about a girl that is almost 2, doesn't have any hearing problems, that understands all we say, that can point objects we call but only says mama, caca and papa. She communicates by babbling and gestures!
Thanks in advance!
A: In your description of your two-year-old girl, she appears to have a few single words, “mama” “caca” “papa” but no two-word phrases although she does babble and express herself with gestures. She also understands well. She also hears well and sees well. Does she respond to her name? Is she exposed to more than one language? My opinion is that she is probably within normal limits for language development and my expectation is that she will gradually increase her vocabulary and phrases over the next six months. If this does not occur then definitely an assessment by a speech and language pathologist would be indicated. As well, although you believe she hears well, it would be prudent to consider a hearing test to be certain.