Well-visit check-ups and immunizations
You’ll most likely have the monthly well-visit check-ups circled in red on your calendar, as this gives you a chance to air any of your concerns, from bowel movements to colic, nursing problems to developmental milestones. Yes, there will be good – like finding out the baby’s weight and height – but there will also be bad, like holding him while he gets his shots.
Immunizations are a hot-button issue with some parents, but every doctor is going to recommend a list of shots designed to protect children against preventable diseases. Here’s our quick guide to all of the immunizations recommended for babies – what they are, why they’re advised, and when to get them.
If you have a concern, all we can recommend is for each individual to do as much research from well-respected medical sources and make a decision based on what is ultimately best for your child. Does the risk of hepatitis outweigh the risks of the immunization? That’s up to you to decide.
Here’s what you can expect at your first check-up:
- Don’t be alarmed if your baby loses five to eight percent of weight in the first few days due to post-delivery fluid loss. Breastfed babies tend to lose more than those fed formula because they only consume a small amount of pre-milk colostrum. Most will regain their birth weight by day 10, double their weight by month six, and triple it in a year.
- A lot of poking and prodding the abdomen to check internal organs, joints for dislocation, as well as hands, feet and genitals.
- Muscle tone development.
- Measurement taking (and recording, on your part).
- Possibly the hepatitis-B vaccine, assuming it wasn’t administered in the hospital and you’ve given consent.