When to take my baby to the doctor or clinic

You need to take your baby for a health care checkup about 6 times in the first year and about 4 more times up to age 2, in addition to any times you take your baby to the doctor for problems. Go for the first checkup about one week after your baby is born, unless you are told to come in sooner.

These checkups are important, even if your baby is well and healthy. Your baby's health care provider will ...

I Check to make sure your baby is growing normally.

I Give you advice about feeding and baby care.

I Answer your questions.

I Give your baby tests and immunizations (shots) to keep him or her healthy.

This chart shows about when your baby should go for check ups, and what will usually happen at each visit. Your baby's health care provider may give you a different schedule to fit your baby's needs:

AGE AT VISIT

DURING VISIT HOSP. WK. MO. MOS. MOS. MOS. MOS. MOS. MOS. MOS. MOS.

DURING VISIT HOSP. WK. MO. MOS. MOS. MOS. MOS. MOS. MOS. MOS. MOS.

Discussion & Questions

Examination

Measurements of Length, Weight, Head Size

DTP Shot (diptheria-tetanus-pertussis)

o

o

Oral Polio Vaccine

MMR Shot (measles, mumps and rubella)

o

o

Hib Vaccine (Schedule A)*

o

o

Hib Vaccine (Schedule B)*

o

o

Hepatitus B (option 1)

O

o

o

o

o

o

o

Hepatitus B (option 2)

o

o

o

o

o

o

o

PKU Test

O

Blood Test for Anemia

o

o

Test for Lead Exposure

o

o

o

o

Tuberculin Skin Test

O usually done at this age o may be done at this age "Schedule depends upon the vaccine used.

O usually done at this age o may be done at this age "Schedule depends upon the vaccine used.

Take this book with you and keep a record of baby's health checkups beginning on page 68.

You may select a pediatrician or family physician, a nurse practitioner or a nurse to give health care to your baby. Or you may have a team, including a dentist, a social worker, a nutritionist, a home visitor, and an early childhood educator as well as a doctor and nurse, to provide your baby's health care. If you have other children, you may want to use the same care provider or team for all of them.

Your baby's health care giver will depend on you for information about baby's health and growth. By recording your baby's firsts on pages 64-65, and any illnesses on page 89, you will have useful information to share with your baby's health care provider when it is needed.

Your baby grows and changes very quickly in these first two years. Regular health care visits can help you deal with these changes.

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