In my first article How to Make Well-Baby Visits Less Stressful I explained the purpose of well-baby visits, and gave some tips on making the well-baby visits less stressful, I followed that article up with a second article entitled What to Expect During Your Child’s One-Month Well-Baby Visit where I went into detail on what to expect during the one-month checkup. In this article I will be talking about what to expect at the two-month well-baby visit.
By this doctor visit you have been to the doctor at least once for the one-month well-baby visit, and you might have been in more than that for a two-week well-baby visit or for another issue that has come up, so going to the doctor isn’t as daunting as it was the first time, and you know more of what to expect. You know that you will need to bring diapers, wipes, a blanket, whatever you need to feed your child, and your insurance card.
As in your previous visit, your baby will be weighed and measured, and the nurse will document the measurements on your baby’s growth chart so that the doctor can make sure your baby is growing as they should. You can also expect them to check your baby’s eyesight and hearing at this time.
More than likely your baby will be receiving their two-month vaccinations at this visit, unless you and your doctor have decided to delay vaccinations or not to vaccinate at all, if your baby is ill or running a fever their vaccinations will be postponed as well. The vaccinations you can expect at two-months are Hepatitis B, Pneumococcal Vaccine, DTaP, Hib, and Polio. Make sure that you have Baby Tylenol at home in case your child is fussy after receiving their vaccines. Some doctors even suggest that you give them a dose of Baby Tylenol before the visit so check with your doctor ahead of time to see if you should.
Some of the questions your doctor asks at this visit will be the same that they asked at your one-month visit. It may seem repetitive but will give them insight into your baby’s development. Again, being prepared for these questions will make the doctor visit go smoother, and allow you to get the most out of your visit. Some of the questions your doctor will be asking at this visit are:
Does your baby respond when you talk to them?
Is your baby smiling, has your baby begun to coo, and does your baby track objects with their eyes?
Can your baby hold its head up when placed on its stomach?
What are your baby’s bowel movements like? Again, this is where they will want to know the texture and color of the stools, and how often your baby has a bowel movement.
How is your baby sleeping? They will want to know for how long and how often your baby is sleeping, if it is sleeping through the night, and if your baby is staying awake more during the day.
When, what, and how often is your baby eating? At this point you may be preparing to go back to work, and this is a good time to discuss feeding options while you are away from your baby.
Can your baby push up on their forearms? Don’t worry if this hasn’t happened yet, it generally comes around two to three months of age.
At the end of your visit you should try to schedule your baby’s next well-baby visit, the four-month visit, granted it is still two months away but getting on the schedule now will help to guarantee that you get the optimal appointment time.