Your Baby is 8 Weeks Old - Time for Vaccinations
At two months of age your baby is now due for a pediatric visit where he or she will be given vaccinations and an examination by the doctor. This is a normal visit just like the others that you’ve had thus far in baby’s life but it can certainly make things less nerve-wracking when you know what to expect at this visit.
Upon arrival at the pediatrician’s office you will be given consent forms to sign for the vaccinations as well as important information about the vaccines. There are seven vaccinations that will be given to your baby. Those vaccines are.
DTAP. This vaccine protects your baby against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis.
MMR. This vaccine combats measles, mumps and rubella
IVP. The IVP vaccine protects against the Polio virus.
HibV. This vaccine protects against Hemophilus Infuenzae B
Varicella. This is the chicken pox vaccine
HepB. The HepB vaccine protects your baby against Hepatitis B
PCV7. This is a vaccine that is given to fight of pneumococcal conjugate and conditions that come along with the virus, including meningitis
The nurse will give your baby a dose of pain reliever shortly after giving the vaccinations if you would like this administered. If your pediatrician doesn’t offer, don’t hesitate to ask.
Aside from the vaccines, the two-month baby checkup will include measurements of your baby as well as a weight check. While measurements are taking place, the pediatrician will measure the circumference of the baby’s head.
Before arriving at the pediatrician’s office, it's a good idea to write down any questions that you might want to ask. We like to think that we won’t forget, but sadly, often we do. Also make sure that you address any concerns with your baby’s development that you have with the pediatrician. Be prepared for plenty of questions from the pediatrician as well. He will want to know more about your baby, his habits, eating patterns and more. These questions should be answered as accurately as possible since they allow the pediatrician to better evaluate the health and growth of your baby.
Life as a two-month old is moving along smoothly, but there is still so much to go. Your baby should be able to focus his eyes by two months of age and may even be able to grasp an object with his hand. Your baby might be making those cute goo goo sounds and may even flash a short smile your way.