Well-baby Checkups

Posted by: Bethin Babies, Mothering
8
Jan

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When I was a brand new mom 19 years ago, I had my baby in for her checkups on the exact day that she turned 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, etc.  By the time I had the next baby, I realized that it wasn’t critical that the schedule for checkups be quite so precise.  😉  As time went on, it also became more apparent to me that my little ones usually picked up germs at the doctor’s office, and I was even less ready to take them to frequent appointments.  From my 6th baby on, I have taken them for their first few checkups to make sure they were growing well, and from then on I pretty much take them only when they are sick and need to go.  We delay immunizations, so there’s no need to be following the infant vaccination schedule.

Today, I took my baby in for her 4-month checkup.  It just so happens that she turned 5 months today.  🙂  She laughed and cooed at the nurse practitioner and just generally made everyone smile.  😉  I was delighted to find out that my little one has gained enough weight to take her from just barely falling into the 10th percentile to almost making the 25th percentile!  I really wasn’t worried, because it is very apparent that she is happy, healthy, and a little chubby, but it is always nice to have “official” confirmation.

Do you take your babies in for all of their well-baby checkups on time, or are you more relaxed about it?

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8 comments so far

1.  melanie
January 8th, 2010 at 1:31 am

Like you I brought my first child to her doctor on the exact date that she turned 2, 4, 6 etc. But on my second child, I tried to delayed the vaccination. I brought her on her two months check on around 3 mo. and planning to bring her on four mo checkup when she is about 5 mos old. I think rushing her vaccination is not necessary as long as your baby is doing good. Good luck on your little one 🙂

2.  Beth
January 8th, 2010 at 10:34 am

Thank you!

I agree that rushing vaccinations is not necessary, and may be even more important to delay if the baby is NOT doing well. The vaccinations put a lot of stress on those little bodies! Vaccinating a baby who is not thriving might make the little one more susceptible to the undesirable side effects of the vaccine.

3.  Blia
January 8th, 2010 at 11:11 pm

I totally agree! After my first baby, I haven’t been up to par with taking my babies for their well-child check-ups on time either. They seem to do just fine despite it all.

4.  megscole64
January 11th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

So far we’ve had our checkups very close to the actual dates of his monthly ‘birthdays’…he’s our first though. We were a little late on his 2 month and we’ll be a little early on his 4 month. I’m not super worried about it but I do like checking in to get his ‘stats’. And he’s been at the dr’s office a LOT to visit his grandma, so lots of exposure to bugs and so far so good. =)

5.  Beth
January 13th, 2010 at 1:05 pm

The “stats” are the best part of the checkups! 🙂 I take it that grandma is his doctor (or at least works at the doctor’s office)?

6.  megscole64
January 13th, 2010 at 6:20 pm

LOL Yes, she’s a Registered Nurse in the same office. =) We went in a LOT in his first couple of weeks because I had so many issues … she even got to “baby sit” with him at her desk while I was seen. She loved it!

7.  Laane
January 14th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

I went regular with the first one. And the other children were checked on a far less regular basis. Otherwise I would have become part of the furniture with 6 children close after another.
I alsways delayed vaccinations when my children were not about a 120% well, and delayed them in those children which were born early and the twins.

The check ups are not done by our own family doc but a special doc for those check ups.
I learned by experience to trust my own doc more.

8.  Beth
January 22nd, 2010 at 12:58 pm

I hear you on becoming part of the furniture with lots of children! Experience is often the best teacher, isn’t it?

 

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