Ben's pediatrician follow-up
Find a Conversation
|Fri, 03-05-2010 - 12:01pm|
We had an appt yesterday with the pediatrician who saw Ben when he was a couple days old. The doc had originally been called to our hospital room to check on a dimple near the base of the spine - Hubby and I just wanted to be sure it wasn't going to cause problems, neurological or otherwise - and heard a heart murmur. It was checked with an EKG and we had an appt at 2 weeks, where he said it was a soft murmur and would disappear as Ben grew.
The pediatrician has an accent I can usually follow, but he also has a habit of saying little directly to me and instead dictating a letter to the family doc, so it's full of medical jargon and I have to try to pick out the results of the examination! Anyway, I think the murmur wasn't noticeable, but I'll double-check with the family doc to be sure.
He touched on a few other things while we were there: the dimple on the back is shallower, a very good thing; the hydrocele - fluid build-up from a tract not closing off during fetal development - confirmed by ultrasound may go away on its own but if not, a procedure should be done after Ben's first birthday to drain the fluid; and a prescription given for cradle cap (which I thought was something not to worry too much about and it would go away on its own, but apparently it could be related to family allergies).
We also had Ben weighed, and he's 16 lbs 11 oz! (He was 15 lbs 1 oz a month ago.) What a porker! ;) Tim just barely managed to get to 20 lbs at 12 months, the provincial (and federal?) age and weight requirements for front-facing car seats; but there's little likelihood of Ben having a problem. He may be like a baby I met last year who was 22 lbs at 7 mos old! Now he needs to learn to crawl and sit up to help me out, so he can get around the house on his own and will be ready to go shopping without the awkward carrying of his car seat...