how often should we visit our babies pediattrician?what are the circumstances aside from being sick?

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Victoria - posted on 02/07/2010

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Most infants see their pediatrician several times in the first year and then annually after their first birthday. Typically (for a breastfed baby), you'll visit the pediatrician at 1 week (to ensure baby is gaining weight on breastmilk alone), 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months. Of course, if there are any concerns about weight gain and/or other medical issues, you'll be scheduled more frequently. Hope this helps!

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Jen - posted on 02/08/2010

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My pediatrician saw my son the day after he came home from the hospital (because my dr didn't go to the hospital I delivered at), and then at 2 weeks, 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, 24 months and then annually. Of course, if he was sick or needed any boosters (flu shot) he had other appointments.

But, the intervals above were just wellness checks. He got vaccines at 3 & 6 months. His 9 months checkup will have no vaccines. But, the 12, 18 and 24 month visits will have vaccines.

Renae - posted on 02/08/2010

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In Australia every baby is assigned to a local child health nurse. I think they are called public nurses in USA. We see the child health nurse at 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months and 12 months for a general checkup. We never see a paediatrician unless there is a particular health problem that is referred to a paed by your local GP (family doctor). The GP gives immunisations at 6 and 12 months and also does a general checkup. So I guess unless your baby is sick then 3, 6 and 12 months would be the norm.

Erika - posted on 02/07/2010

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2,4,6,9,12 months etc.... Your child's Pediatrician should let you know when you need to go in again for a well baby check-up. Another reason for you to go in is for something you're concerned about, and you won't feel comfortable until the Dr. tells you everything is okay.

Hope this helps a bit.

Erika
http://www.4MyFamilyandMe.com

Arielle - posted on 02/07/2010

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your doc office should have given you a paper or a little booklet letting you know when the baby should visit the doc and for what reason. if not then go online somewhere and look im sure they have up there somewhere

Crystal - posted on 02/07/2010

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Agree with the others... at regularly scheduled checkups for shots and when they're sick. Our pediatrician is great... even if we have the simplist of question regarding our kids, we can always call and get their input. No question is too small.

Medic - posted on 02/07/2010

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Usually at one week then 2,4,6,8,10,12, 15, 18, 24months then yearly after that.

Kristina - posted on 02/07/2010

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sick vists, shot time,pscially time & the doctor will tell you each time to come back! A hosptial near you have oncall nurses that will help w/ any medical ?s so sometimes I like to call them 1st & ask thier advice! Good luck & May God Bless!

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