When you take your baby into the pediatrician at 2 months old, this is a very important appointment. You may have taken them into the pediatrician before this time for a weight check, or some other medical reason, but this is their first real checkup. For this reason, it can be very beneficial to know what to expect during this appointment so that you can better prepare both you and your baby. This article will discuss 3 things to expect when you take your baby into the pediatrician for their 2 month checkup and how you can prepare for them.
When your baby is first called back into the checkup room by the nurse, she will tell you that they need to take your baby's stats. This will include height, weight, and head circumference. This doesn't take long, but it does require you to strip your baby down to their diaper for an accurate measurement. Because of this, it is advised that you put your baby in clothes that are easy to take off and put back on. This saves times, and makes it less stressful for you and baby. Also, changing your baby's diaper right before you come into the pediatrician is a great time saver as well.
Since your baby is still very new, your pediatrician will ask you several questions. These questions generally include things like, how is the baby sleeping, how often do they eat, how do they to with tummy time, are they fussy, etc. Asking you all of these questions allows the pediatrician to see if your baby is developing normally, or if there is cause for alarm. These questions, along with the complete physical that is performed on your baby, help the pediatrician to see if your baby is in good overall health. To prepare for these questions, simply monitor your child closely and be ready to answer any and all questions that come your way. You can also write down questions of your own if you have any.
One of the most important parts of the entire visit is when your baby receives their vaccinations. It is these vaccinations that can save them from developing diseases and illnesses that are easily prevented. Your baby will generally receive their vaccinations, via shots, at the end of the appointment. This gives you time to mentally prepare, so that you can be there to support your baby. A great way to prepare your baby for these vaccines is to give them a little bit of Tylenol before the doctor's appointment, to help prevent them from experiencing the full spectrum of pain from the shots.
Above all, it's important to find a doctor that you trust. Like mine at Better Family Care.