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What to Expect During The First Office Visit

Depending on your doctor, most office visits will take place in the first two years of your child’s life. The first few visits will consist of measuring your child’s weight, height, and the circumference of your child’s head. With these measurements a physician can chart your child’s growth and then so they can be assured of your toddler’s progress.

The physical will consist of checking the eyes, ears, heart, and lungs. At these initial visits most doctors will usually ask you about your child’s daily habits: like sleeping and eating routine. In the next few months you will be getting advice on what to expect in the coming months, and your doctor will tell you about immunizations during these visits.

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Usually the first immunization shots will probably be

  • DtaP - Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
  • Hib or PRP vaccine – Stops Haemophilus influenzae type b.
  • Hepatitis B – Hep B is a disease that attacks the liver.
  • Polio – There are 2 types of vaccine, ask your doctor which is best.
  • Rotavirus – For severe acute gastroenteritis.
  • PCV13 - Pneumococcal disease

Durring these visits your doctor should also do a tuberculin skin test. Your doctor will give you instructions on how to monitor and report the results to the doctor’s office. The doctor may also recommend a hemoglobin screening to check for anemia. If you have any questions or concerns during these inoculations please ask the doctor while you’re in the office. He will write down any specific instructions regarding the special care all children need.

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