Well Child Visits
Your baby will go to the doctor frequently in the first year of life. Sometimes, you’ll go to the pediatrician because your baby is sick, or you suspect that something is wrong. But well child visits are different. They are regularly scheduled times, initially once a month, during which the doctor will take note of baby’s growth and development, discuss any issues that you or the doctor might be concerned about, and give baby any scheduled immunizations (vaccinations). These visits will decrease as your child gets older, first to every three months and eventually to once a year. Below is the American Academy of Pediatricians’ recommended schedule of screenings and assessments that should occur during well child visits from before birth until your child turns 21.
It’s perfectly normal to have questions about vaccinations. There is a lot of confusing information available, but the CDC and the American Academy of Pediatricians agree on their importance. They help your child’s immune system develop immunity to 14 infectious diseases. Explore the useful guide below so you can be prepared on the recommended vaccines your child will receive from infancy through your child’s sixth birth. Below you can also check out Baby Jack’s Journey on how they work and what to expect when you child is vaccinated.
Vaccines and Your Baby’s Immune System
What to expect when your child is vaccinated
Still have questions? Here the CDC answers 19 of the most frequently asked questions about vaccinations. With all those visits, you’ll be spending a lot of time with your child’s doctor. Make sure you like and trust the one you choose. Michelle Medina, MD, a pediatrician from the Cleveland Clinic, offers seven key characteristics you should look for in your child’s doctor.