The six-month visit

Six months already! Can you believe how fast the time has gone? Well, it’s time for another checkup. And this visit, like all other checkup visits, represents a time to get information on the health, development, and guidance into the care of your child. So, be sure to bring your list of questions and concerns, and to guide you, here are a few other things you can expect at this visit.

History

The pediatrician will discuss and review any happenings since the last visit. If the doctor did not see the baby in the hospital or has not seen the baby before, a full history of the pregnancy, labor, and hospital course will be done. It is a good idea to have previous records sent either to you or to the doctor’s office prior to visiting so that they may be reviewed while you are there. If this is not possible, at least have the dates of the immunizations your baby received previously. The family history will also be discussed for any pertinent diseases or conditions that might affect the baby.

Measurements

The height, weight, and head circumference (the distance around the head) will be done, and the doctor should show where these measurements land on the standard growth curves. The head circumference is an indirect measure of brain growth. As the brain grows, so does the skull. Thus, if the head circumference growth abnormally slows, it may indicate a problem with the brain which the doctor would need to investigate. It is important to remember that where your baby falls on the growth curve is not nearly as important as how much your baby has grown since the last check. In other words, the trend in growth is much more important than what your baby’s weight or height are at any given moment. And this will be true for every check-up hereafter.

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