2 month old checkup: what to expect.
What the doctor will do:
Weigh and measure your baby
You'll need to undress your baby completely for weighing. The doctor weighs your baby, measures length and head circumference, and plots the numbers on a growth chart.
The chart enables you to see how your baby compares with other children the same age. But it doesn't matter whether she's in the 5th or the 95th percentile, as long as her rate of growth is steady from one visit to the next.
Do a complete physical
Heart and lungs: Uses a stethoscope to listen for any abnormal heart rhythms or breathing problems.
Eyes: Checks for signs of congenital eye conditions and other problems. May also check for blocked tear ducts and discharge.
Ears: Looks for signs of infection and observes how your baby responds to sound.
Mouth: Looks for signs of thrush (an oral yeast infection) among other things.
Head: Checks the soft spots (fontanels) and the shape of your baby's head. Also checks to see if your baby's head is developing a flat spot (now's the time to catch it).
Body: Checks your baby's reflexes and muscle tone, and examines his skin for rashes.
Belly: Presses gently on the abdomen to check for a hernia or any enlarged organs.
Genitals: Opens your baby's diaper and checks for signs of infection.
Hips and legs: Moves your baby's legs around to look for problems in the hip joints.
Give your baby her shots
Your baby will receive the pneumococcal, DTaP, Hib, and polio vaccines (combined in two shots) and the rotavirus vaccine (given orally). She'll also get the second hepatitis B now if she didn't get it at the 1-month checkup.
An assistant may administer the vaccines. This is usually done at the end of the appointment so you can have some privacy afterward to comfort your baby.
Your doctor will recommend giving vitamin D drops to breastfed babies. (Babies who drink 17 to 32 ounces of formula a day are getting enough vitamin D.)
The doctor will also address any health concerns (such as reflux, baby acne, and diaper rash), ask you some questions and help you understand what's normal at this age.