Re: What can I expect at baby’s nine-month checkup?
The good news: Baby may not need to get vaccinated at this visit. Whew. Bad news: If baby missed any previous vaccinations, it’s payday. Other than that, the nine-month checkup is pretty routine for a well-child visit. Your doc will measure and weigh baby to make sure they’re growing at a healthy rate. It’s normal for baby’s growth to slow down at this age, so don’t be worried if changes aren’t as rapid as they were months ago. Your doctor will also check baby’s iron level (overly pale skin is a sign of anemia and iron deficiency) and teach you how to treat common ailments like earaches, fevers, and diarrhea. At this age, babies are likely able to feed themselves some finger foods, drink from a cup, make sounds and gestures, respond to their name, bear weight on their legs (with or without your help), and have the vision and hearing of and adult, so your doc will also check to make sure all of these developments are up to par. Remember to come prepared with questions so you don’t leave without addressing all your concerns (no question is stupid). The next well-child visit isn’t until baby’s first birthday!