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6 Tips for Baby's Month 2 Doctor Visit

Learn what to expect at your baby's month two checkup from pediatrician Dyan Hes, M.D. in this Howcast video about newborn and baby development.

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So the two month visit is exciting for parents, and a little bit nerve-wracking because it's when the baby starts their full immunization schedule. At a two month visit, your baby will have height, weight, and head circumference checked, and a full physical exam will be done. And then your baby will get immunizations.

Depending on your doctor's office, there might be a different brand but the majority of babies will be getting diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, haemophilus influenzae type B, Prevnar, which is pneumococcal vaccine, a rotavirus vaccine which is an oral vaccine, and hepatitis B. You'll have to discuss the vaccine schedule with your doctor. You can also check on different websites to see the pediatric immunization schedule.

Before you leave your doctor's office, you should discuss the possibility of the baby getting a fever after the vaccines. This is an issue of huge concern to parents. Fever is normal after vaccines. About 50 percent of babies will get a fever after the initial vaccinations. This does not mean that this is a bad reaction to vaccines. This is normal. Ask your doctor to provide you with a dosing for acetaminophen if your baby gets a fever. Acetaminophen can be given every four hours and a baby can have a fever for up to 72 hours after the vaccinations.

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