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Health Information For Parents
During these early months, you might have many questions about your baby’s health. Most doctors have phone hours when parents can call with routine questions. Don’t hesitate to call with your concerns, no matter how minor they might seem.
Of course, if you think your baby could have an illness, don’t wait for phone hours — call your doctor immediately. As in the newborn period, illness at this age needs immediate attention.
How often you see the doctor in the first 2 months will depend on your baby’s health, but most infants are seen at 1 month and again at 2 months for routine care.
Babies are checked for growth, development, and feeding, among other things. These regular checkups also let your doctor follow up on any concerns from earlier checkups and are a chance for you to ask questions.
During these early months, your doctor will check your baby’s progress and growth. Common parts of a checkup include:
Bring up any questions you have, and write down the answers or specific instructions the doctor gives you. At home, update your baby’s medical record, tracking growth and any problems or illnesses.
At 1–2 months old, your baby should receive the second dose of the hepatitis B vaccine (HBV).
At 2 months, your baby will get other immunizations:
Babies at high risk for meningococcal disease, which can lead to bacterial meningitis and other serious conditions, may get the meningococcal vaccine. (Otherwise, the meningococcal vaccine is routinely given at 11–12 years old.)
Vaccines protect against serious childhood illnesses. Vaccines, like any other medicine, may cause reactions (usually mild), such as fever or irritability. Be sure to discuss side effects with your doctor and get guidelines for when to call the office.
Some common medical problems at this age may need a doctor’s attention, including:
Again, don’t hesitate to contact the doctor’s office about any health or behavior concerns.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
These age-specific guides can help you be prepared for and keep track of your well-child visits.
Put away those newborn clothes. This month your baby will grow at a surprising rate!
At this age, babies generally have their days and nights straightened out. Many infants even “sleep through the night,” which means 5 or 6 hours at a time.
Your baby is experiencing the first sights, sounds, and smells of the world through all five senses. What are your baby’s responses to light, noise, touch, and familiar faces?
The reflexes they had just after birth start to disappear as babies this age gain more control over movements and interact more with their environment.
Your baby is learning to communicate through facial expressions like smiling or frowning as well as crying, squealing, babbling, and laughing. And those sounds are early attempts to speak!
Whether you’ve chosen to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, your infant will let you know when it’s time to eat.
After learning to recognize your voice, your face, and your touch, your baby will start responding more to you during these months and even give you a smile!
Choosing baby products can be confusing, but one consideration must never be compromised: your little one’s safety.
You might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words “babyproofing” or “childproofing,” but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.
Vaccines help keep kids healthy, but many parents still have questions about them. Get answers here.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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