By the time the U6 check-up comes around, your child is almost no longer a baby. This is because your child develops into a toddle between the ages of 10 and 12 months. However differences in development can often be large at this age. Some children can already walk around the home on their own two legs. Others are just starting to pull themselves up to stand on their own or are still crawling on the floor.
The doctor will measure your child's height, weight, and head circumference again as well as test vision and hearing, and check how well your child moves. At the U6 check-up, for example, the doctor checks whether your child can already sit up on their own and stretch their legs out in front of them. Can your child pull themself into a standing position on their own? How do they crawl? The U6 is also used to observe how your baby reacts to you and to strangers, like a physician's assistant. In addition to examinations, the U6 is also about counselling. How long should your child eat baby food? How can you gradually introduce solid food? What can you do to prevent accidents? How can you help your child learn to talk? Most doctor's offices also use the U6 to check your immunisation record, make you aware of your child’s next vaccinations and make an appointment for them. The U6 is also about protecting against with the help of vitamin D and learning what you need to do to ensure your child develops healthy teeth.
The vaccination program continues at the U6. The fourth partial vaccination completes the basic immunisations against U7 check-up at the latest. It is also important to have a single vaccination against shortly after the U6. This is a kind of bacteria that can cause dangerous meningitis or blood poisoning. In the worst case, a meningococcus C infection can cause permanent nerve damage. The meningococcal C vaccination should be done as soon as possible after your child's first birthday. It’s best to make additional appointments for the upcoming vaccinations at the U6., , , short for Haemophilus Influenzae type b, , , and . This means that your child is now well protected against these diseases. Later, this protection must be refreshed by regular booster vaccinations. Vaccinations against , , , and are also due at the U6. In order for your child to be effectively protected against these diseases, they needs a second vaccination spaced at least four weeks apart from the first. This should take place following the
You'll have yet another opportunity to ask questions at the U6. For example, if you feel that your child's development may be delayed or that there are problems with their feeding or sleeping. It is still quite a while until the next U-Check-Up, the U7. It takes place between when your baby is 21-24 months old. Still, you can already make an appointment for it at the U6.