Medical Care and Your 1- to 3-Month-Oldenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-medCare1To3Month-enHD-AR1.jpgYou probably have lots of questions about your baby's health. When should you call the doctor, and what medical care should you expect for your baby at this age?1-month-old, 2-month-old, 3-month-old, my child's doctor, pediatrician, seeing, hearing, going to the doctor, testing, tests, crying, cries, height, weight, growth charts, pounds, inches, ounces, premature, hospitals, fevers, diaper rashes, feeding, caring for my baby, on call, nurse practitioners, head circumferences, medical problems, birth, delivery, home, smoking, babyproofing, immunities, immunizations, drowsiness, runny nose, diarrhea, dehydration, 1 month old, 2 months old, 3 months old, ear infections, rashes, colds, shots, neonatology, neonatal, general pediatrics, CD1Primary Care03/22/200006/26/201906/26/2019Mary L. Gavin, MD06/17/20198da68fe2-1903-46c2-aafd-c045d97f66d7https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/med13m.html/<p>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.</p> <p>Of course, if you think your baby could have an illness, don't wait for phone hours &mdash; call your doctor immediately. As in the newborn period, illness at this age needs immediate attention.</p> <p>How often you see the doctor in the first 2 months will depend on your baby's health, but most infants are seen at&nbsp;<a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkup-1mo.html/">1 month</a> and again at <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkup-2mos.html/">2 months</a> for routine care.</p> <p>Babies are checked for <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/grow13m.html/">growth</a>, development, and <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed13m.html/">feeding</a>, among other things. These regular <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkups.html/">checkups</a> also let your doctor follow up on any concerns from earlier checkups and are a chance for you to ask questions.</p> <h3>What Happens at the Office Visit</h3> <p>During these early months, your doctor will check your baby's progress and growth. Common parts of a checkup include:</p> <ul> <li>weight, length, and head circumference measurements that are plotted on your baby's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/growth-charts.html/">growth chart</a></li> <li>a physical exam with special attention to any previous problems</li> <li>assessing development (for example, head control, cooing, and smiling)</li> <li>questions about how you're doing with your baby</li> <li>advice about feeding and other aspects of nutrition</li> <li>what to expect during the coming months, including a discussion about safety precautions</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine.html/">immunizations</a> during some visits</li> </ul> <p>Bring up any questions you have, and write down the answers or specific instructions the doctor gives you. At home, update your baby's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/medhist.html/">medical record</a>, tracking growth and any problems or illnesses.</p> <h3>Vaccines</h3> <p>At 1&ndash;2 months old, your baby should receive the second dose of the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hepb-vaccine.html/">hepatitis B vaccine (HBV)</a>.</p> <p>At 2 months, your baby&nbsp;will get other immunizations:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/dtap-vaccine.html/">DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis) vaccine</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/hib-vaccine.html/">Hib (<em>Haemophilus influenzae</em> type b) vaccine</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/polio-vaccine.html/">IPV (polio vaccine)</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/pneumococcal-vaccine.html/">PCV (pneumococcal) vaccines</a></li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/rotavirus-vaccine.html/">RV (rotavirus vaccine)</a></li> <li>possibly HBV (hepatitis B vaccine), if not previously given</li> </ul> <p>Babies at high risk for meningococcal disease, which can lead to bacterial meningitis and other serious conditions, may get the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/meningitis-vaccine.html/">meningococcal vaccine</a>. (Otherwise, the meningococcal vaccine is routinely given at 11&ndash;12 years old.)</p> <p>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.</p> <h3>When Should I Call the Doctor?</h3> <p>Some common medical problems at this age may need a doctor's attention, including:</p> <ul> <li>diarrhea and vomiting, which could be caused by an infection and put your infant at risk for dehydration</li> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/otitis-media.html/">ear infections</a>; a baby with an ear infection may become irritable, and could have a fever</li> <li>rashes, which are common in infants. Some may not seem to bother your baby, but skin conditions like <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/eczema-atopic-dermatitis.html/">eczema</a> can result in dry, itchy skin. Your doctor can recommend lotions, creams, and soaps to try.</li> <li>upper respiratory tract infections (including the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cold.html/">common cold</a>), which affect infants just like the rest of us. Babies can't blow their own noses, so you may need to help&nbsp;clear mucus with a rubber bulb aspirator. Don't give your baby any medicines without checking first with your doctor. Call the doctor's office right away if your baby has trouble breathing, refuses to eat, has a rectal temperature above 100.4&deg;F (38&deg;C), or is excessively cranky or sleepy.</li> </ul> <p>Again, don't hesitate to contact the doctor's office about any health or behavior concerns.</p>Atención médica y su hijo de 1 a 3 mesesEs posible que usted tenga muchas preguntas sobre la salud de su bebé. ¿Cuándo debe llamar al médico y qué atención médica debe esperar para su bebé de uno a tres meses?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/med13m-esp.html/4b6eba98-6dc8-4370-96eb-85ea4145c8b9
Childproofing and Preventing Household AccidentsYou might think of babies and toddlers when you hear the words "babyproofing" or "childproofing," but unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in kids 14 and under.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/0dfb8dee-0285-4d87-a4d3-a048bdc1289e
Choosing Safe Baby ProductsChoosing baby products can be confusing, but one consideration must never be compromised: your little one's safety.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products.html/415febdd-eb0a-4f8a-b7d3-34ed61b7509c
Communication and Your 1- to 3-Month-OldYour baby is learning to communicate through facial expressions like smiling or frowning as well as crying, squealing, babbling, and laughing. And those sounds are early attempts to speak!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/c13m.html/b386ba6a-5de8-4112-a490-04fbe19f6573
Feeding Your 1- to 3-Month-OldWhether you've chosen to breastfeed or bottle-feed your baby, your infant will let you know when it's time to eat.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/feed13m.html/5f2fdec1-e571-44e6-8f45-4cc0c83a2c7b
How Vaccines Help (Video)Vaccines help keep kids healthy, but many parents still have questions about them. Get answers here. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/vaccine-video.html/381d8b32-8c56-41c1-b6b5-247544dcac7e
Learning, Play, and Your 1- to 3-Month-OldAfter learning to recognize your voice, your face, and your touch, your baby will start responding more to you during these months and even give you a smile!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/learn13m.html/c21bc2aa-024b-425b-8d81-d6883141ddcf
Movement, Coordination, and Your 1- to 3-Month-OldThe reflexes they had just after birth start to disappear as babies this age gain more control over movements and interact more with their environment.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/move13m.html/9bdfa795-4977-40bd-9fe1-ac63a82a9c46
Pregnancy & Newborn CenterAdvice and information for expectant and new parents.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/center/pregnancy-center.html/c58d014a-89a3-4c90-8b54-c9cadf5d6016
Sleep and Your 1- to 3-Month-OldAt this age, babies generally have their days and nights straightened out. Many infants even "sleep through the night," which means 5 or 6 hours at a time.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sleep13m.html/2b29e784-62a4-46fd-b270-ea8055ef7c46
Your Baby's Growth: 1 MonthPut away those newborn clothes. This month your baby will grow at a surprising rate!https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/grow13m.html/212a87c6-0a6a-4079-861e-0401a9b37d5c
Your Baby's Hearing, Vision, and Other Senses: 1 MonthYour baby is experiencing the first sights, sounds, and smells of the world through all five senses. What are your baby's responses to light, noise, touch, and familiar faces?https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/sense13m.html/2183fdcf-7378-419e-b07d-4b4476594033
Your Child's CheckupsThese age-specific guides can help you be prepared for and keep track of your well-child visits.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/checkups.html/b9a0df04-49c9-43df-afb8-b8631c99c601
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