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Developmental screenings are important for your child

Member news | Monday, August 24, 2020

Children are always learning new things as they grow. Some examples of developmental milestones include:

  • Smiling for the first time
  • Saying their first word
  • Taking a first step
  • Waving goodbye
  • Sitting up alone
  • Building a block tower and knocking it down

Each child grows and gains skills at his or her own pace. It is common for a child to be ahead in one area but a little behind in another. This is why developmental screenings are important. They help you and your doctor check that your child is growing and developing as expected.

What happens at a developmental screening?

The doctor asks you how your child plays, speaks, and acts. Your answers help the doctor learn about your child. The doctor may also play or talk to your child to see if he or she has taken the same big steps as other children of the same age.

Developmental screenings are done at routine checkups (well-child visits). It’s recommended for all children at the following months of age:

  • 9 months
  • 18 months
  • 24 or 30 months

Resources: Visit to see more milestones at each age. You can also download the CDC Milestone Tracker app to track your child’s milestones. Get it here: And as always, talk to your doctor.