Questions to expect at the 4-month well-baby visit

Questions to expect at the 4-month well-baby visit

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  • What to expect

    These slides show you the questions your child's doctor is likely to ask you at the 4-month well-baby checkup about your child's health, sleeping, and feeding habits. Jot down your answers on our printable doctor visit worksheet to take with you to the appointment.

  • How is your baby sleeping?

    Your baby's sleep may be falling into a more predictable routine with three to four daytime naps and a longer nighttime sleep interval of six hours or more.

  • When, how, and how often does your baby eat?

    Some babies aren't ready for solids quite yet – 4 to 6 months is the recommended time – but it can't hurt to talk to the doctor about it now. Ask the doctor how and when you should begin, and whether your baby needs any extra vitamins.

  • What are your baby's bowel movements like?

    Color can vary. As for consistency, soft stools are best. If your baby has ever passed frequent, smelly, watery, mucus-streaked stools, it's probably diarrhea. Ask the doctor about the best way to treat it.

  • Can your baby roll over one way or sit with support?

    Both of these are skills that your baby will begin to develop around now, though she probably won't be able to roll over in both directions or sit without support until around 6 months of age.

  • Can your baby push up on his forearms?

    This skill is typical for 4-month-olds and shows that their physical development is on track. If your baby is still having difficulty controlling or lifting his head, let the doctor know.

  • What sounds does your baby make?

    Your baby's language skills may include babbling, squealing, and even laughing. She's probably smiling at you even more now, too, sometimes even before you smile at her, and her mouth is getting quite active – exploring objects, drooling, and blowing bubbles. If your baby is making fewer sounds than she did before, tell the doctor.

  • How are your baby's motor skills?

    Your baby may now reach for and grab things. He may also be able to bring his hands together in front of himself. If he uses one hand more than the other, mention it to the doctor. He should also be kicking with both legs and bouncing on them when held upright above your lap or the floor. If he holds his legs straight a lot of the time, tell the doctor.

  • Have you noticed anything unusual about your baby's eyes or the way she looks at things?

    At every well-baby visit, the doctor should check the structure and alignment of the eyes and your baby's ability to move them correctly.

  • How's your baby's hearing?

    Hearing is fully developed at birth, so if your baby's not turning toward voices, especially familiar ones, tell the doctor.

  • Watch the video: Four-Month-Old Baby - What to Expect (February 2023).

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