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Well Child Visit At 1 Month
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A well child visit is when your child sees a healthcare provider to prevent health problems. It is a different type of visit than when your child sees a healthcare provider because he is sick. Well child visits are used to track your child's growth and development. It is also a time for you to ask questions and to get information on how to keep your child safe. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them. Your child should have regular well child visits from birth to 17 years.
Where to take your child for well child visits:
It is best to find a medical home for your child. A medical home is a doctor's office or clinic where your child sees the same healthcare providers every time. A medical home will also keep your child's health records. The healthcare providers will get to know your child and your family so they can give him the best care. They will also make sure he receives vaccines on the recommended immunization schedule to protect him from diseases.
What happens during a well child visit at 1 month:
Your baby's healthcare provider may do the following:
- Chart your baby's head growth, and check his head shape and fontanelles (soft spots)
- Check your baby's vision, hearing, and reflexes
- Chart your baby's weight and length
- Ask how often your baby breastfeeds or drinks formula and if he is having any feeding problems
- Ask how often your baby urinates and has bowel movements
- Ask how well your baby sleeps, and review safe ways to lay him on his back to sleep
- Review home safety and childproofing, and water safety, such as not leaving your child alone in the tub
- Make sure you have a rear-facing infant safety seat in every car, and that it is installed properly in the back seat
- Talk to you about protecting your baby's skin when he is in the sun to prevent skin cancer
- Talk about how much tummy time your baby needs each day, and make sure tummy time is in a safe area to prevent falls
- Ask how much your baby cries, and help you find safe ways to handle the crying or comfort him
- Remind you never to shake a baby if he will not stop crying
- Give your baby the hepatitis B vaccine
Milestones of development your baby may reach by 1 month:
Each baby develops at his own pace. Your baby may have already reached the following milestones, or he may reach them later:
- Focus on faces or objects, and follow them if they move
- Respond to sound, such as turning his head toward a voice or noise or crying when he hears a loud noise
- Move his arms and legs more, or in response to people or sounds
- Grasp an object placed in his hand
- Lift his head for short periods when he is on his tummy
What you need to know about your baby's next well child visit:
Your baby's healthcare provider will tell you when to bring him in again. The next well child visit is usually at 2 months. Contact your baby's healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about his health or care before the next visit. Your baby may get the following vaccines at his next visit: hepatitis B, rotavirus, DTaP, HiB, pneumococcal, and polio.
Changes that may happen before the next well child visit:
- Your baby's healthcare provider may review the importance of breastfeeding for the first year of your baby's life. Talk to him about any problems with or concerns about breastfeeding. Also talk to him before you give your baby formula. He can help you choose a formula that contains iron. He may recommend that you breastfeed for a certain period of time before you offer your child a bottle or pacifier.
- Your baby may start to recognize people he knows. He may start gurgling or cooing, or he may smile when someone talks to or plays with him. He may also be able to grasp a rattle placed in his hand.
- Your baby may lift his head more when you put him on his tummy, and start to keep his head lifted. Always put your baby in a safe place for tummy time so he does not fall.
- You may start to recognize differences in the way your baby cries depending on what he needs.
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