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Q&A: How often will baby go to the pediatrician?

How often will my baby see the doctor in the first year? What will happen at the checkups, and what questions should I ask?

Re: How often will my baby see the doctor in the first year? What will happen at the checkups, and what questions should I ask?

The Bump Expert

Every pediatrician has a slightly difference schedule for well child visits, of course. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a minimum standard of being seen at birth, two to four days after birth, and then at two, four, six, nine and twelve months, though many doctors do see the babies a bit more frequently.

The purpose of well child visits is to monitor your baby's growth and development, and for you to get any questions answered. Some people think immunizations are the whole reason for well child visits, and this is a part of it, the shots are definitely not the only reason you go. Your doctor is there to help you monitor growth, health, nutrition, safety and development. Don't be shy about bringing a list of questions! You know your own baby best, so it's important that you feel comfortable bringing up concerns. If your doctor doesn't want a list of questions... change doctors!

Dr. Vicki Papadeas

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12/30 2months check

chanlee752 |

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It also depends what your insurance company covers. Ours covers once a month, so that is what we do. Off to our 3 month appointment on Friday!

SRose27 |

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how many shots does the baby get at the 2month visit?

feather22 |

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my son got 5 vaccines at his 2 month visit - 4 shots (DTap, HIB, PCV, & Rotovirus) and one oral vaccine (Polio). our pediatrician used to offer a combination vaccine, but stopped getting it since my interview with him (sometime in the last 3 months) for unknown reasons. that meant more shots for my baby and more anxiety for me, but we both survived the ordeal... my son was very fussy several hours later and had a low grade fever, but he was fine after one dose of tylenol.

computerchik |

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My son got 3 shots and one oral. It was a total of six vaccines but they combined 3 in one. My son was also very fussy and had a slight fever.

mieremiere |

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i chose to delay vaccinations until 2 years. so the well child visits are just physicals and questions. My ped is so up to date, always sharing new information with me!

ozzychikk |

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I WOULDNT PUT OFF THE VACCINATIONS.

monipea |

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We too are putting off the vaccines. I say be educated about them and then make the decision that you feel most comfortable with!! She goes in for check ups as our insurance covers. I have alternated that with visits to the Health Dept to do weight checks.

mollysmommy97@gmail.com |

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every month... except when he's going to have vaccine which varies....

pixiedusk |

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I take my daughter to her schedule appts. I took her for her newborn visit, a 2 week follow up, then her 1 month,where she received her 2nd HepB, and I'm going to be taking her to her 2 month soon for her scheduled vaccines...which are DTap, IPV, Hib, which are going to a combination vaccine(Pentacel), PCV13, & Rotavirus . Keeping my baby healthy! It's best to vaccine your children. It makes them LESS vulnerable to diseases.

Armi5 |

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If you guys don't mind me asking, why have you put off your babies' vaccines? Is it because of the side effects?

Maithai |

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With my daughter I gave her all her shots on time till she was 9 months old against my husbands pleas. Finally I did the research he wanted to do and found slot if stuff that made me delay them till she was 5. With my son I just had my mind was made up to not give any till he was 5 but with all the whooping cough going on out here where I'm at I decided to give him the dtap now and a couple hours later he started screaming for a couple hours and there was nothing I could do to stop it or help him. I called the doc and they told me to take him to the hospital right now to be seen that he was having bad reaction. He is ok now but never again will I go against my better judgement. Their bodies are to little to handle all that the doctors shove in there at one time their immune systems aren't even developed yet and were shooting stuff into them it's a shock no wonders they are fussy and upset and running fevers some even die from them. Hepatitis is one shot I believe they don't have no need for because they are not at risk of catching it. It is a blood disease. The only way they would be catching it is through birth if my has it or through sexual relations or by sharing needles with a junkie. We can't make them take it to stop spread so let's make our lil ones so one day we may not have to worry anymore. The national autism association believes mmr has a tie to autism even tho nothing has been proven yet. So I say everyone should research and make the decision that's right for you and your family. I do think that shots are necessary but when they can be taken safely.

tehquiena80@aol.com |

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It's hard to know what to believe when it comes to the link between vaccines and autism. Even though the study that "proved" the link has been discredited, it's hard to change my thinking after years of believing it was a credible study.

TraceyDay |

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As to vaccines we to are waiting. I had a lot of bad reactions when I had my shots as an infant screaning for days afterward, my brother went into shock and was unresponsive for several hours after his dtap shot. At that time the pediatrician told my mom not to give any future children dtap etc as the reaction would be worse with them! My little sisters didn't have shots until two years of age and are perfectly healthy adults today!

pb7j |

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For ages we have been given these vaccines and we are all fine. Now parents want to blame autism on vaccines but they should consider that it might have more to do with children being born to mothers that are much older.

victress77 |

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"For ages we have been given these vaccines and we are all fine." Not everyone given those vaccines are "fine." As for blaming them for autism, no one really knows yet. It takes years and years of study after study for these things to be made "concrete" and even then, it could always change again 10 year down the road when yet ANOTHER study comes to light. The fact of the matter is, no one knows what causes autism. The likeliest answer is that there are multiple factors at play and we will probably never know the full extent of them. In the meantime, it's up to each individual parent to decide what's best for their child. I, for one, am leaning towards separating the immunizations where I can. I see absolutely no reason for my child to have to undergo 4+ vaccines at once. That is a LOT to handle, even for a healthy adult. But that is my choice. If you are comfortable with the vaccines, get them. It's just like every other aspect of raising a child.

Celethiel1 |

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I think its interesting that people would believe random websites on the internet vs their doctor. Can you post some of these books or websites you found in your research? I did some research and my doctor gave me lots of statistics about vaccinations and I decided to vaccinate. Studies have shown that since people have stopped vaccinating, many diseases we thought were no longer around have come back. http://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/4273262 Frankly I feel like my baby being fussy for a few hours is worth it when it comes to vaccines. I understand delaying when have a family history of problems with vaccines, but the amount of people who have severe reactions to vaccines is so small. Since its winter and my baby is so small and with diseases like whooping cough, I feel the crying is worth her not dieing from something that is preventable. Also, since my pediatrician went to college for many years and had a thing called a doctorate in medicine, I tend to trust her opinion over someone who posted an article on the internet.

EricaAnn9 |

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An article came out recently regarding the study that was published about the link of autism and vaccines where the authors basically said they made up their data. This was the only study published on this and we learn now it is completely false. I am a nurse so i know a few things about vaccines. It is so important that you vaccinate your children and do it early. Yes, their immune systems are developing and this is the reason to get them vaccinated early so they do develop immunity against these diseases. If everyone stopped vaccinating their children diseases like polio would be spread like wild fire once again. If you don't vaccinate your children they end up not getting sick only because 90% of the population does vaccinate their children and they are preventing your child from getting sick. Yes there are "reactions" to vaccines but in a sense they are a good thing because it's your child's immune system responding to the vaccine and building the antibodies to protect them if they are exposed in the future. Now that autism is out of the picture there really shouldn't be any reason to not vaccinate your children. I actually mandated anyone who came to see my newborn had to have the flu vaccine and my parents and my husbands parents who stayed for weeks had to have the whooping cough or they weren't allowed to visit. My office states when you join the practice that they are pro-vaccine and if you don't agree with that then you should find another practice who aligns with your beliefs....this is one of the reasons I chose them. I don't want my child mixed with children who haven't been vaccinated exposing them to illnesses before she gets her vaccines!

vh3delta |

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Umm.. we saw the doc at 2 days, 2 months, and we don't see him again until 6 months... is that normal?

Rach21 |

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For my baby he went at 2weeks, 2 months, 4months, 6months, 9months, and 1year, unless otherwise needed (for sickness, flu shots, etc.). They get shots and out doc discusses the developmental milestones they have mastered and what I will be expecting from him before the next visit. My doctors office also gives me charts of where my child is physically (weight, hieght) compared to other children his age!

mimolc01 |

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actually hep B can be spread through sweat

sstmofadwn |

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Our Doctor wants to see the baby every wek until he gains his birth weight back, then every few months.

paulahartson |

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We do 1 week, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months. As for the whole vaccine issue, people say "Oh, my baby was so fussy and had a fever and I felt so helpless, there was nothing I could do for him! I am never putting him through that again!" Well, imagine how helpless you would feel if your child got whopping cough and was coughing so hard he couldn't breathe, and instead of a lowgrade fever (which vaccines can cause) he has a fever of 105 and has a seizure. And with this, he ended up in the hospital for days. Or something worse happened and he died. There may be risks associated with vaccines but they are SO SMALL I just don't see why people take the risk of NOT having their children vaccinated. I could never live with myself if my child died from a disease that could have been prevented. Vaccines save lives!!!

AnnaF921 |

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I have a question. Can someone tell me if it is safe to have a microdermabrasion while pregnant? Has anyone here done that or knows anything about any possible restrictions? Hope you can help. Thank you very much and looking forward to hearing from you back.

LauraDi |

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Only when he gets sick. (I don't see the point taking a healthy child to a place where sick kids have been all day.) And ..... he has gotten sick yet. Plus I have insurance issues and doctor's cost way too much. It's rather ridiculous when you really start thinking about. Hundreds of dollars for a few minutes of his/her time and I can measure, weigh and chart his progress at home. I haven't had great experiences with doctors myself. I've worried needlessly over some little thing that the doc ran a thousand dollar test on. NOW, I see a naturopath and a chiropractor when necessary. It's so much better for me. AND I have philosophical objections to the myriad of vaccines that are being pushed on little babies. Pharmaceutical companies have done a great job convincing law makers, the AMA and some parents that they NEED every single one of those things right away. I'm not gonna argue about it with anyone either. I usually don't even post on these kinds of things. The only reason I am is because I think it's beneficial for the minority (on this issue) to speak up and not hide because we choose a different path. Do what works best for you and your family (I won't judge you) and allow me to do the same.

myxedgyrl |

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Every parent has the right to chose whether they think it is best to get their children vaccinated. It is crazy how often I am attacked because of my belief that vaccinations are not the way to go. There are more studies than the one Wakefield study that was recently discredited. I realize that many doctors say vaccinations are best but the pharmaceutical companies are often the ones financially backing the studies saying the vaccines are safe. Doctors are educated guessers and many times legal drug pushers. Do your own research and never blindly follow the advice of someone just because society tells us to. I also agree that taking a healthy child to a place full of sick kids is not the best option. I can weigh my own child and track him developmentally through the help of books and intuition. I don't need a professional telling me things that should be common sense. I believe America is being grossly over-medicated. However, I am eternally grateful to the professionals who help our sick children get better with a combination of healthy living and appropriate medications. one good document to read is http://www.doctoryourself.com/vaccination.html

andreafrisco |

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10

ladyshells23 |

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i really hate how some mothers on this site are so unsupportive of other mothers. I do vaccinate my child, but would never critisize another mother for choosing not to. whatever a mother decides is best for their child should be enough, and obviously the doctor is fine with them being put off. and let me remind everyone that vaccinations are not mandatory therefore leaving them optional. please be more supportive of other mothers; if you don't like something they do that's fine but keep your opinions of their actions to yourself. thanks

mmowery |

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do your research on vaccines. I do vaccinate too, but I seperate them out. Dr. Sears has a modified schedule that you can follow if you feel uneasy about them.

AndiFarrow |

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I don't understand why mothers who vaccinate their children feel threatened having unvaccinated kids around their kids. If they're supposedly immune to the disease from the vaccination, why are you worried? Also, of the recent outbreaks of whooping cough in California, something like 80% of those infected with it were fully up to date on their vaccinations. The Pertussis (whooping cough) vaccine is known to be out of date with the current strain going around, but they don't want to invest the money to recreate a new one. And finally, I would consider looking at other country's immunization scehdules - countries like Japan. America stands alone in the sheer number of vaccinations we give our kids. And the modern epidemics today aren't what we're vaccinating against. The modern epidemics are attention disorders, allergies, and auto-immune disorders. These are the modern ailments that mothers today are worried about. So I think concern over vaccinations is justified. Science I'm sure will one day catch up with mother's intution. And finally, Dr. Andrew Wakefield hasn't been so clearly discredited as big PHARMA would have you believe. Google an interview he did with Dr. Mercola, it's quite fascinating to watch.

daveJay |

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5

Missortiz |

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I believe the issue with bringing unvaccinated children around vaccinated children is that an unvaccinated child- or adult, could be a carrier and infect a child who has not been vaccinated yet- they may not be due. My brother in law chose not to vaccinate his first child. They went out of the country for a month, returned and ended up passing whooping cough to the infant. His older child caught a few different avoidable illnesses due to non-vaccination and finally was denied admission to the special private school for the same reason. He played catch up at 6 years old. This was much harder on John-john then they would have been had they been on schedule. It IS a personal choice, but you should level your personal choice with public safety as well. Once that 90% vaccinated turns to 75%, all of our children are in danger. Also, the reason US children -and adults, are not facing these old strains is due too our more strict policies regarding vaccinations and drug approval. Google thalidomide and how our US was the only country not allowing the med. We could only get it throught out of country orders. It saved millions from disfigurement and worse.

MulliganMami |

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Weigh my personal choice (to not vaccinate) with public health?!? I will not force an action that goes against my intuition, personal choice, scientific research, better judgement and my religion to make society happen. Make an educated decision and listen to your heart, Ladies! It is also ridiculous to think that because a doctor went to school for his degree that I suddenly don't have a brain at all. My pediatrician is awesome and we work together to make sure my children are--and stay--healthy.

hellosjt |

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Every 2 months for her well baby check ups. More if there is a concern (IE: high fever, concerns at her check ups)

TrishMarshall09 |

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6times

anthony09 |

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What people often fail to address is that the rampant scurge of diseases are often due to poverty eg poor nutrition, poor sanitation, inadequate housing and lack of proper care. Once these factors are addressed it is these that keep our children healthy, not necessarily vaccinations. In some developed countries with good health care such as Finland, whooping cough vaccine has been taken away.

claire109 |

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Just because a Dr. says so do not mean it is right. The pharmaceutical companies have a lot of influence on our medical industry and government. Why do you think the FDA doesn't regulate homeopathic remedies, such as herbs and supplements? Because there is no money in it. The vaccination schedule has changed a lot since we were babies, and you really can't say it's a necessity because "we are all fine" right? We are only given one body and it is up to us to make sure we completely understand what is being put in ours and our babies bodies by doctors. I am preparing myself for a completely natural child birth because we still don't fully understand the effects of epidurals and pitocin on a baby. And personally I feel child birth is one of the most beautiful things that we as women get to experience. As for the vaccines... I am waiting until I feel it is the proper time, which could be never.

Momtobe618 |

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Whooping cough is coming back because the vaccine wears off after so many years and a majority of people dont get boosters. Alot of children who go sick from it again were actually around the age of 7 or older and they had the vaccine at one point. Also, studies show the whooping cough bacteria is mutating and the vaccine does not protect against the mutated strain. Also, yall can say dont you trust your doctor. Just cause they have a degree doesnt mean they know everything. I can get a PHD and spew information that i learned doesnt mean its right across the board. I know people whos drs say feed your kid mcdonalds so they gain more weight. (does that sound like something you want to do?)...Alot of drs dont even know how to handle an uncircumcised penis and cause unneeded injury or damage to those they mess with. Alot of drs push for c-sections cause they dont know how to handle a breech baby or dont want to deal with a long labor. As for vaccines, I honestly know alot of kids who arent vaccinated and are way healthier then those who did get vaccines. Do I think vaccines have their place, yes. But I dont think they should jab a baby 5-6 times at an appointment and throw their immune system into overdrive. Especially if you look at the ingredients they have all kinds of crap in them like mercury and bodily tissues of random animals.

JRod21 |

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A lot of you new moms have stated that you are putting of doing shots and good for you! I personally have decided to look at each vaccination and decide based on each ones. I know there are ones that are stupid and needless ( hep b chicken pox just to name two) but I also found that some are really needed in recent years due to a lot of immigrants omcing in and carrying a lot of diseases that their bodies are used to but ours are not. I would tell any mom to do their research, sit down with a dr and ask A LOT of questions. They do know what is best. If you have a pediatrician who is not open to sharing everything about the vaccinations then change your caregiver. My pediatrician takes the time to explain all the vaccines and why they are used and if they really are needed or not. Find someone that will also give you their personal opinion about if they would give their kids these shots ( many would tell you no they wouldn't) Just my two sense :0)

KJK22213 |

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I wouldn't connect autism with vaccines, I'd connect it with food colorings and preservatives. My step son was showing adhd until I insisted on changing his diet. He was one unhappy boy having to eat vegs and whole grains, fruit for snacks , white bread and fake stuff like neon colored cereal and pizzas only allowed on weekend and guess what, no more adhd signs and doc's visit cancelled as well as psychologist's. Kids in USA ( and UK) are just sugared up and living on brightly colored drinks and food. You people feeding them that crap are responsible. Vaccines on the other hand are important, babies didn't die off for centuries from nothing. I breastfeed - that helps with common colds, digestion, overall health, but it wont protect from viruses, I want my baby to have both the natural protection covered by breastfeeding and vaccinations for all the nasty viruses and diseases that could be fatal otherwise. My baby had no reactions to the vaccines, knock on wood, not even crying.

monikatommy |