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Guiding Your Child Through The Infant Year
Find out what to expect during the 6-month visit.
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Date Of Visit:_____________________
Things the doctor will do at today's visit:
- Ask for an update on your baby's health.
- Examine your baby.
- Discuss your baby's risk of anemia (iron-poor blood) and test for anemia if indicated.
- Recommend one or more immunizations for your baby: DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis/whooping cough), Hib, polio, pneumococcus, Hepatitis B, influenza.
- Give you an opportunity to ask questions.
Things you may want to discuss at this visit:
Your baby's growth and nutrition.
Any reactions to foods your baby has eaten.
Your baby's behavior and development.
Your baby's sleeping habits.
Concerns about your child's hearing or vision.
Your baby's child-care arrangements.
Any other concerns you have.
Things to keep in mind:
- Always use a car seat : backward-facing in the back seat until your baby is at least 12 months old and weighs 20 pounds.
- Childproof your home. Keep small and sharp objects, plastic bags, hot liquids, poisons, medications, outlets, cords, and guns out of reach.
- Do not use a baby walker .
- Keep your baby's environment free of tobacco smoke.
- Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle or prop it in his mouth.
- If you have not already done so, start solid foods like cereal, then strained fruits and vegetables.
- Introduce only one new food at a time and wait a few days between new foods.
- Do not give your baby foods that could cause choking, such as peanuts, popcorn, carrot sticks, whole grapes, raisins, whole beans or hard candy.
- Ask your dentist or doctor if your baby needs fluoride supplements.
- Read with your baby. Play peek-a-boo.
Schedule appointment for your baby's next visit, usually at 9 months of age.
Based on health-supervision guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and from Bright Futures, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the direction of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Last updated December 2, 2011