1 to 6 months: Male and Female
What to expect during your visit to the doctor
A well-baby exam:
At one, two, four and six months of age. The doctor will offer advice about your baby’s health, development and behavior. He or she should also talk to you about injury and violence prevention, sleep positions, feeding and diet, daily care and physical activity. During the exam, your child may receive immunizations (also known as vaccinations, vaccines or shots) and screenings, depending on his or her health and your doctor’s judgment. If your child has a disability or developmental delay, your doctor may refer your child to an early intervention program (EIP) for testing. Select a link below for more baby care topics:
Learn about the vaccinations (shots) your baby needs:
- Dental screening: Your child needs a dental checkup at six months of age. Your doctor may apply a fluoride varnish when teeth first appear. Oral fluoride supplementation may start after age six months, as your child’s doctor advises. Learn more about oral health:
- Hearing screening: At every well visit.
- Lead screening: Each year between age six months and six years to assess risk for lead poisoning.* Learn more about lead screening.
- Vision screening: At every well visit. Learn more about your baby’s vision health.
- Weight, length and head circumference measurements: At every visit.
It’s important to give your baby a safe place to sleep, so make sure that no pillows, soft bedding or comforters are used where they sleep. Babies should be placed on their back in a crib with a firm mattress. In the car, put your child in a rear-facing car seat in the back of the car, at least until age two. Learn more about safety:
*Mandated by the New York State Department of Health.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics