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Well Child Visit at 1 Month

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is a well child visit?

A well child visit is when your child sees a pediatrician to prevent health problems. 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.

What development milestones may my baby reach by 1 month?

Each baby develops at his or her own pace. Your baby may have already reached the following milestones, or he or she may reach them later:

What can I do to help my baby grow and develop?

What can I do when my baby cries?

Your baby may cry because he or she is hungry. He or she may have a wet diaper, or feel hot or cold. He or she may cry for no reason you can find. Your baby may cry more often in the evening or late afternoon. It can be hard to listen to your baby cry and not be able to calm him or her down. Ask for help and take a break if you feel stressed or overwhelmed. Never shake your baby to try to stop his or her crying. This can cause blindness or brain damage. The following may help comfort your baby:

How should I lay my baby down to sleep?

It is very important to lay your baby down to sleep in safe surroundings. This can greatly reduce his or her risk for SIDS. Tell grandparents, babysitters, and anyone else who cares for your baby the following rules:

What can I do to keep my baby safe in the car?

How can I keep my baby safe at home?

What can I do to prevent my baby from getting sick?

What can I do to help my baby get enough nutrition?

How do I give my baby a tub bath?

Use a baby bathtub or clean, plastic basin for the first 6 months. Wait to bathe your baby in an adult bathtub until he or she can sit up without help. Bathe your baby 2 or 3 times each week during the first year. Bathing more often can dry out his or her delicate skin.

How do I clean my baby's ears and nose?

How do I care for my baby's eyes?

A newborn baby's eyes usually make just enough tears to keep his or her eyes wet. By 7 to 8 months old, your baby's eyes will develop so they can make more tears. Tears drain into small ducts at the inside corners of each eye. A blocked tear duct is common in newborns. A possible sign of a blocked tear duct is a yellow sticky discharge in one or both of your baby's eyes. Your baby's pediatrician may show you how to massage your baby's tear ducts to unplug them.

How do I care for my baby's fingernails and toenails?

Your baby's fingernails are soft, and they grow quickly. You may need to trim them with baby nail clippers 1 or 2 times each week. Be careful not to cut too closely to his or her skin because you may cut the skin and cause bleeding. It may be easier to cut your baby's fingernails when he or she is asleep. Your baby's toenails may grow much slower. They may be soft and deeply set into each toe. You will not need to trim them as often.

How can I care for myself during this time?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I contact my baby's pediatrician?

What do I need to know about my baby's next well child visit?

Your baby's pediatrician will tell you when to bring him or her in again. The next well child visit is usually at 2 months. Contact your baby's pediatrician if you have questions or concerns about your baby's health or care before the next visit. Your baby may need vaccines at the next well child visit. Your provider will tell you which vaccines your baby needs and when your baby should get them.

Recommended Immunization Schedule 2022

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your baby's care. Learn about your baby's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your baby's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your baby. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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