Medical Care and Your 1- to 3-Month-Old
During these early months, you may have many questions about your baby's health. Most doctors have phone hours when you can call with routine questions, so don't hesitate to call with your concerns, no matter how small they may seem.
Of course, if you suspect illness, don't wait for phone hours — call your doctor immediately. As in the newborn period, illness at this age requires immediate attention.
How often you see the doctor in the first 2 months will depend on your baby’s health and family needs, but most infants will be seen by 1 month and again at 2 months for routine care.
Babies this age are seen regularly to assess growth, development, and feeding, among other things. These regular checkups also let your doctor follow up on any concerns from previous checkups and are a chance for you to ask questions about your baby's health or behavior.
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.
Immunizations Your Baby Will Receive
At 1-2 months old, your baby should receive the second dose of the hepatitis B vaccine (HBV).
At 2 months, your baby will be given several immunizations:
Babies at high risk of developing a meningococcal disease, which can lead to bacterial meningitis and other serious conditions, may receive 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.
Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD