Re: What can I expect at baby’s four-month checkup?
It’s that time again -- baby’s getting her second big round of immunizations. Remember, it’s usually harder on you than it is on baby, despite the (possible) wailing. With this in mind, ask any questions you’ve had since baby’s last checkup before baby gets vaccinated. You (and probably your doctor) will feel less rushed and distracted when your little one is calm. Your doctor may take this time to discuss introducing baby to solid foods in the coming months. Immunizations this month include: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis), Hib (haemophilus influenza type b), IPV (polio), PCV (pneumococcal conjugate), and possibly HepB (hepatitis B). (Click here for our vaccination tracker and find out what shots are next.)
Also during this visit, your doctor will measure baby’s continuing growth and development. He’ll ask about her sleeping and eating habits in addition to how she’s adjusting to being with a caregiver, if applicable. The doctor will check baby’s head control, hand use, vision, hearing, and interaction. The fun part for you is finding out how much weight your little one has gained, how tall she is, and how big her head is growing (literally and figuratively).