Two Month Visit
As at every visit, we will measure the weight, height, and head circumference. At these visits we plot these measurements on a growth chart. We will let you know the “percentile” for each of these measurements, which gives you an idea of where the baby’s measurements are compared to babies of a similar age. As pediatricians, we are most concerned with the “path” on the growth chart, not the specific percentile. That is, the 90th percentile is not inherently better than the 20th percentile, each child has his/her own path.
We look to see if the child is growing too much or too little in weight, height and head growth because these can be important clues to nutritional and medical issues. We will discuss feeding, stooling, sleep. Developmental milestones at this age include smiling, making cooing noises, and improving head control. We will discuss child care plans, family living arrangements, and sibling adjustment.
Immunization at two months is the beginning of a series of vaccines to protect infants from serious illnesses. We encourage parents to learn as much as possible about these illnesses and immunizations prior to the visit. See our section on Vaccine Information for more information. We will distribute Vaccine Information Statements prior to giving the child any vaccine.
If you would like to review any of these Vaccine Information Statements (VIS), visit http://www.immunize.org/vis at any time.
Immunizations: One injection is the Pentacel vaccine, which provides protection against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and Hib. A second injection, Prevnar 13, provides protection against pneumococcal disease. A oral vaccine againstRotavirus, a gastrointestinal illness, will also be given.
We will discuss possible side effects to the vaccines and care for these side effects.