By six months your baby has really grown, you have made several trips to the doctor’s office, and now what you need to do to prepare for your baby’s well-baby visit. So what can you expect to happen during your baby’s six-month well-baby visit?
As before, your baby will be weighed and measured, with the measurements being documented on your baby’s growth chart. Your baby may have a small change in his percentiles, don’t worry, this is a normal event. Once again your baby’s hearing and eyesight will be checked, and your doctor might run a blood test to check for anemia.
Your baby will also be receiving their next round of immunizations. The vaccines your baby may receive are Hepatitis B, DTaP, and Hib. Depending on the time of year your baby may also receive a flu shot, which is given in the fall, and is now recommended for babies over the age of six months. As before you will want to be sure you have Baby Tylenol on hand in case your baby is fussy after their immunizations and if your doctor recommends it you will want to give your baby a dose of Baby Tylenol before they receive their shots.
Your doctor will also be asking you several questions about your baby during this visit. As before your doctor will want to know about your baby’s sleeping patterns, bowel movements, and eating habits. Your baby should be sleeping through the night now, and if they are not your doctor will probably talk to you about ways to teach your baby to sleep through the night. Your baby may also be eating solid foods by now, but if your baby is not your doctor will more than likely talk to you about starting them on solid foods now. You should also discuss any food allergies that your family has a history of, and let your doctor know if your baby gags on food or if food comes out of their mouth, as this could be a sign of reflux.
The doctor will also be asking if your baby seems to be hearing properly and if you have noticed anything unusual about your baby’s eyes or the way they look at things.
Some other questions you can expect your doctor to ask during this visit are:
Is your baby rolling over or sitting up? These are some important milestones your baby should have reached by now.
What sounds is your baby making now? By now your baby should be babbling, laughing, squealing and imitating others, they might also be saying things like “ma” and “da”.
Has your baby started teething? Some baby’s start teething around six months while it takes some babies almost a year to start teething. If your baby is teething your doctor might discuss with you ways you can soothe your baby while teething.
As always, be prepared with any concerns you have, and questions you want to ask. Your baby’s next well-baby visit won’t be until they are nine months old, but you can either schedule the visit before you leave the office, or wait to make the appointment, if you choose to wait make sure you don’t wait too long or you may not get an optimal appointment time.