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Medical Care and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old


During these early months, you might have many questions about your baby's health. Most doctors have phone hours when parents can call with routine questions. Don't hesitate to call with your concerns, no matter how minor they might seem.

Of course, if you think your baby could have an illness, don't wait for phone hours — call your doctor immediately. As in the newborn period, illness at this age needs immediate attention.

How often you see the doctor in the first 2 months will depend on your baby's health, but most infants are seen at 1 month and again at 2 months for routine care.

Babies are checked for growth, development, and feeding, among other things. These regular checkups also let your doctor follow up on any concerns from earlier checkups and are a chance for you to ask questions.

What Happens at the Office Visit

During these early months, your doctor will check your baby's progress and growth. Common parts of a checkup include:

Bring up any questions you have, and write down the answers or specific instructions the doctor gives you. At home, update your baby's medical record, tracking growth and any problems or illnesses.

Vaccines

At 1–2 months old, your baby should receive the second dose of the hepatitis B vaccine (HBV).

At 2 months, your baby will get other immunizations:

Babies at high risk for meningococcal disease, which can lead to bacterial meningitis and other serious conditions, may get the meningococcal vaccine. (Otherwise, the meningococcal vaccine is routinely given at 11–12 years old.)

Vaccines protect against serious childhood illnesses. Vaccines, like any other medicine, may cause reactions (usually mild), such as fever or irritability. Be sure to discuss side effects with your doctor and get guidelines for when to call the office.

When to Call the Doctor

Some common medical problems at this age may need a doctor's attention, including:

Again, don't hesitate to contact the doctor's office about any health or behavior concerns.

Date reviewed: February 2017


Note: All information on KidsHealth® is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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