The six-month visit

Safety:

  • Is it time to check the smoke alarms again? Do they need new batteries?
  • No matter how shallow the bath water is, an unsupervised infant can drown in it
  • Keep baby rear-facing in the car seat until he is 20 pounds and 1 year of age
  • Make sure the hot water heater is set no higher than 120oF to prevent burns

It is also a good time to ask about what concerns you have about your baby’s care. The next routine checkup is usually at 9 months of age. Things your baby may be able to do between now and then include:

  • Able to self-feed some finger foods
  • Make wet razzing sounds (some call these raspberries)
  • Play peekaboo
  • Imitate some sounds
  • Turn head away when finished eating
  • Sit unsupported
  • Babble enthusiastically
  • Respond to own name
  • Show some anxiety when removed from parent

Screening Tests

If your baby was born prematurely, a test looking for anemia (hematocrit or hemoglobin) may be done.

Immunizations

  • DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • HiB (Haemophilus influenza type B)
  • Hep B (Hepatitis B)
  • Flu shot -- Now recommended for babies over six months of age

Good luck, have fun, and don’t forget to schedule the nine-month visit.

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