Your Baby’s Four-Month Checkup
Your baby needs regular health
checkups. She needs the checkups even if
she’s not sick. Checkups can keep her
healthy. She will have her vision, hearing,
weight and length checked.
Your baby will receive shots. Ask your
doctor or nurse what to look for and what you
should do if your baby has any reaction to
these shots, like fever or fussiness. Shots will
keep her from getting sick and keep her
The doctor will also make sure your baby is developing as she
should. The doctor will ask you if your baby is reaching for toys. He will
ask if your baby smiles and coos.
Before the checkup, write down questions you have about your baby.
Bring the questions with you to the checkup. This is a good time to ask any
questions you have about your baby. This is a good time to ask the doctor or
nurse questions like, “What are the symptoms a baby has when she has a
cold? How should I treat her if she has a cold? What kinds of problems should
I call you for? What temperature should I call you for?”
Always ask the nurse or doctor for a copy of your baby’s checkup
results. It’s a good idea to keep the copy in a notebook or safe place. If the
doctor tells you to give your baby any medicines, write down the names of
the medicines and directions. Using a notebook will help you keep track of
your baby’s health and development. Make an appointment for your baby’s six-month checkup.
Your baby may get her first cold or ear infection. As your baby
explores her world and plays with other children and adults, she will have
more contact with germs. If you don’t know what to do about her symptoms,
call your doctor or clinic. They will be able to tell you if she needs to
see a doctor.
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