First year check-ups
12:41 (GMT+2), Wed, 20 July 2011
Taking your child for all his first-year check-ups means that you get peace of mind knowing he is thriving and has had all the necessary vaccines.
Most paediatricians (or GPs) do check-ups at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and at 1 year. One vitally important thing that happens at these visits is that your baby is vaccinated with specific vaccines appropriate to his age. However, the doctor will also question you and check your baby with regards to his physical and emotional development.
Your baby should have his first medical check-up between 6 and 8 weeks after birth. Even if everything seems to be going well, don’t ignore (or forget about) these visits, as they will give you confidence and will detect any problems about which you need to be concerned. All parents need a good doctor’s expertise and support – you need to know that your baby is doing all the right things, even if he does them earlier or later than other babies of the same age. However, if you suspect your baby is not okay, consult your doctor right away.
Dr Neelesh Ranchod, a paediatrician based at Olivedale Clinic, Johannesburg, says, “Your baby may sometimes need to see a doctor earlier than planned.” According to Dr Ranchod, parents must contact their doctor for the following reasons:
By Xanet van Vuuren
- If your baby is vomiting regularly.
- Has colicky pain in his abdomen.
- Cries persistently.
- Does not settle on his feeds.
- Does not gain enough weight.
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