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12 Tips for Baby's Month 6 Doctor Visit

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


At six months, your child will come for a full physical and check up. At six months, your child will get the third set of the primary series of vaccines. Polio vaccine, the three tetanus pertussis vaccine, pneumococcal vaccine, haemophilus influenza type B vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine, and rotavirus vaccine.

You should discuss with your doctor, the schedule that your doctor uses. At six months, babies ore often sitting up, or trying to sit up. And this is very exciting for the parents. Babies are exploring their surroundings, they're cooing, and giggling, and laughing.

They're often trying to speak using consonants or vowels, like ba, ba, ba, ba, or ma, ma, ma, ma. They use vowels, sounds like A and E. Babies are starting to put a lot of things in their mouth, and they're very drooly at this stage, because they're often teething.

It's not uncommon for a baby to go through five or six bibs a day, because of the constant drool, and that's often a concern to the parents. But this is normal, because they have a lot of extra saliva when their teeth are coming out, and drooling is not a problem. It's just a problem to keep on washing the clothes.

At six months, babies are trying more solid foods. They're eating fruits and vegetables, all stage one, because they cannot have the chunks that are in the stage two and stage three foods. And they're often trying to pull up, sometimes getting up on their knees. Some babies are actually on their knees, and rocking back and forth, trying to crawl.

If your baby's not doing that, that's okay. Some babies are just trying to sit up, and that's what they do all day. I often say that their coming in and doing, like, sit ups, because they're like, ahh. They're trying to get up, they're trying to get up all day and working on their abs. And then some babies just need a little assistance to get up at six months, and then they lean over, and we call that the tripod. They tripod and they hold themselves up. And that's on their way to being able to sit up independently.

After the six month visit, you won't have another visit until nine months. So this is the first time that you're going to have a three month gap between seeing your pediatrician. So make sure you ask all your questions about developmental milestones between the six month and nine month visit.

In addition, make sure you get the dosing for Tylenol, and or Motrin, or Ibuprofen, because at this age your child can start taking Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen for fever.

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