So far in my previous articles I have explained how to make well-baby visits less stressful, and what to expect during the one-month and two-month well-baby visits, now it is time to talk about the next well-baby visit, the four-month baby visit.
By now you have made a few trips to the doctor, and are aware of what to expect, as well as what you need to take with you. Getting out and around with baby should be easier now as well, since you both have had time to adjust to your new routine.
At this visit your baby will be weighed and measured as they were before, and the measurements will once again be documented on their growth chart. By now there should be a few entries on the growth chart and you can see how they have progressed since birth. You can also expect your baby to have its hearing and eyesight tested again as well. Your doctor might also do a blood test for anemia at this visit, especially if your baby was a preemie.
Once again your baby will be receiving a round of immunizations. This time you can expect your baby to receive vaccines for DTaP, Hib, polio, and maybe Hepatitis B. Again, you will want to make sure you have Baby Tylenol on hand for after your baby’s immunizations, and if your doctor suggests doing so you will want to give your baby a dose of Baby Tylenol before their shots.
As before being prepared for the questions that your doctor will be asking during this visit will help to make the visit go smoother. You can expect some of the same questions as in the first two visits. Some of the questions that your doctor may ask during this visit are:
How is your baby sleeping? Again the doctor wants to know how long and how often. By now your baby may be sleeping through all night or most of the night. Your doctor may also take this time to discuss with you a plan for creating a nighttime routine with your baby.
Can your baby push up on their forearms? A four-month old should typically be able to do this.
What sounds is your baby making? By now your baby should be cooing and smiling more. Your baby might also be babbling, squealing, and laughing.
When, what, and how often is your baby eating? The doctor may talk to you about starting your baby on solids now if your baby isn’t already eating them. Babies typically start eating solid foods around the age of four to six months.
Is your baby using their hands and mouth to explore? Can they track a moving object from side to side?
What are your baby’s bowel movements like? Again, texture, color, and how often is what the doctor wants to know.
Is your baby rolling over yet? Can they sit with support? These are skills that babies begin to develop around the age of four months.
Be sure to discuss any concerns you have and ask any questions that you may have before leaving. You should also schedule your baby’s next well-baby visit, the six-month visit, before you leave since scheduling early helps to ensure you get the best appointment time.