The two-month visit

Your baby may now be starting to show signs of sleeping through the night or may still have colic and be wreaking havoc in your house. In either case, you probably are getting:

  1. an idea about the different cries your baby has;
  2. adjusted to a breastfeeding schedule that allows for actually getting a few errands run and
  3. tired of all the conflicting information your well-meaning friends and family are giving you.

You may also be a little nervous because the two-month visit involves the next set of immunizations. Remember that this visit also gives you the chance to talk about your concerns, worries, and successes. Here is what 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 taken. It is a good idea to have previous records sent either to you or to the doctor’s office prior to visiting. If this is not possible, at least have the date of any immunizations your baby has received. The family history will also be discussed for any pertinent diseases or conditions that might affect your baby.

Measurements

Your baby's height, weight, and head circumference (the distance around the head) will be measured. Why is the head measured? The head circumference is an indirect measure of brain growth. If growth slows abnormally it may indicate a problem, which the doctor would need to investigate.

The doctor will show you where your baby's measurements land on the standard growth curves. The trend in growth is much more important than what your baby’s weight or height are at any given moment. This holds true for every checkup.

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