What Your Baby Should Be Doing at 8 Weeks
Your 8 Week Old Baby
It is time for your baby's two month health check. This is the first time your baby will receive multiple shots and, like most moms, you will probably come away feeling heartbroken for your baby. You can also expect some fussiness for a few days after the shot is administered.
Some people think that immunizations are dangerous, but in fact, as a whole, they are much safer than not immunizing your baby. Each type of immunization has its possible, but rare, side effects. If you are concerned, the best thing to do is talk to your pediatrician about your concerns.
The eight kinds of vaccines:
What to Expect at the Two Month Doctors Visit
Like the first appointment, your baby will be weighed and measured head to toe. The doctor will also measure your baby's head for his growth charts. Your doctor will check out the baby's development and ask you questions regarding the baby lifting his head, smiling, and other milestones. The doctor will also tell you what to expect in the next couple of months. Most pediatricians will schedule the next well check for four months old.
Week 8 Milestones
At this point your baby may be able to focus on small objects like cheerios, pennies, or buttons. Enable this step in your baby's development, but be careful that your baby is not close enough that he can pick up the object. Some babies can actually grasp objects at this point, and then put the object in their mouth. Keep all choking hazards out of your baby's reach.
Your baby might also be able to follow an object that you move in front of his face. Use these objects to interact with your baby, and watch him learn.
What Might Concern You at 8 Weeks
When should you call the doctor after your child's immunizations? Negative side effects are rare but they do happen. Recommended times to call the doctor include, but are not limited to your baby running a fever of 100.4 degrees or more, if your baby cries for hours on end (and does not already suffer from colic), or if you notice extreme swelling or breathing difficulties in your baby. It may be nothing, but it is always better to be safe than sorry.
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