Well-Baby Care for Newborns, Infants, and Toddlers
Baby’s first checkup should come when she is a few days old. We want to see your baby regularly throughout the first 18 months of her life. After the first visit, plan to bring in your baby at each of these times:
- 1 month
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 9 months
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
Why so many visits? Infants change so much during their first 18 months. These checkups allow us to watch and measure your baby’s growth for signs that everything is normal.
What Do We Do during a Well-Baby Care Exam?
We start with a complete physical examination. We’re going to track your baby’s height and weight throughout his childhood. So, we take the first measurements during the first visit and then every visit thereafter. Then, we compare your baby’s measurements against other babies his age for signs of normal growth. We also:
- Measure the size and growth of baby’s head
- Watch for soft spots and flat spots on baby’s head
- Check for fluid in the ears
- Screen for hearing and vision
- Examine the eyes, mouth, and skin for signs of problems
- Listen to your baby’s heart and lungs
Well-Baby Care Screenings
Your pediatrician is like a detective. Doctors use screenings to help them weed out hidden problems before they can harm your baby. Typical screenings during well-baby visits are for:
- Development of movement, hearing, vision, and other normal progress
- Lead poisoning
- Anemia If your doctor spots something, he or she will follow up.
Throughout the first 18 months, your baby will need a series of immunizations, meant to protect her against diseases that could cause lifelong problems. The first series is given during the 2-month-old checkup.
You’re the expert on your baby. So we’ll ask you lots of questions about the changes you see in your baby everyday. Depending on your baby’s age, we might ask:
- How many hours is the baby sleeping?
- How often do you feed the baby?
- Describe your baby’s bowel movements.
- Can your baby lift his head?
- Does your baby respond to loud noises?
- Does she try to roll over?
- Does he mimic the sounds you make?
- Can your baby sit up with support?
We also expect you to have questions, and we want to answer them. Common issues that parents have questions about during the first 18 months include:
- Sleep patterns
- What to feed your baby and how often
- Diaper rash
- Ear infections
- Temperament and behavioral changes
- Teething and the care of new teeth
We’ve heard it all, so don’t be afraid to ask questions. We’re here to help you and your baby.
Unsure about your baby’s dietary needs? For newborns, we recommend breastfeeding for at least the first six months of life. Our skilled lactation specialists offer one-on-one counseling to teach you proper breastfeeding methods to get you and your baby off to the right start.
By the time your baby has completed his first 18 months of life, you will notice many changes. He will have teeth – about a half-dozen – be eating solid foods using a spoon and fork, reveal a growing vocabulary, and stand and climb. As part of his well-baby care, we will refer you to our pediatric dental center as soon as he receives his first tooth. It’s important to begin proper dental care even that early.
Next: Your baby graduates into well-child care.
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