18-Month Enhanced Well-Baby Visit
The 18-month visit may be the last regular check-up before a child starts school; therefore, it provides a crucial opportunity to determine whether a child is meeting important developmental milestones. Following the advice of an expert panel to expand the 18-month visit, the province now funds a longer and more in-depth visit. The new OHIP fee code came into effect in October 2009.
This enhanced visit allows healthcare providers to take the time they need, using standardized tools, to:
assess a child’s developmental progress
identify concerns early and refer to specialized services if needed
engage in a discussion with parents about healthy child development and parenting
connect parents to community programs that promote early learning
Don't Play "Wait & See" With Your Child’s Development is a public education initiative, promoted by Perth District Health Unit, to educate parents about normal child development at 18 months and help them identify any potential concerns early.
Through this initiative, parents will become more informed about what to expect at the 18-month enhanced well-baby visit. Promotional resources for physician offices are available by contacting PDHU.
How can PDHU help?
Healthcare providers can contact Health Line at 519-271-7600 ext 267 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org for support regarding strategies and resources to assist them to implement the 18-month enhanced well-baby visit.
Currently, Perth District Health Unit partners with two family health teams to support the delivery of the 18-month enhanced well-baby visit, known as “Wellness Clinic for Tots”. This model is based on best practices as outlined by Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Ontario College of Family Physicians.
Click on the 18-Month Enhanced Well Baby Visit Resources link at right for more information.