What to Expect at Your Baby’s Two-Week Checkup

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For most, the two week checkup will be the first visit to the pediatrician's office with your new baby. This may also be your baby's first “big” trip away from the house. Have fun on your adventure!

Here is what you can expect for your baby's 2 week checkup:

  • Your baby's length will be measured and compared to a standard height chart. The doctor will let you know what percentile your baby falls into for height.
  • Your baby will be weighed. His/her weight will be compared to a standard weight chart. The doctor will let you know what percentile your baby falls into for weight.
  • Your baby's head circumference will be measured and compared to a standard chart. The doctor will let you know what percentile your baby falls into for head circumference.
  • The doctor will perform a physical exam of your baby.
  • The doctor may perform the following tests: PKU, T4, galactosemia, thalassemia screen, as well as other extended metabolic screenings.

Also, if your baby has jaundice, blood may be taken from your baby's heel and tested.

{ MORE: Preparing for Your Baby’s Checkup }

If you have any questions or concerns, do not be afraid to ask your child's pediatrician.

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  1. Brooke says:

    Hypocritical that doctors and all books advise keeping newborns away from large enclosed areas with crowds because their immune systems are undeveloped, but in the next breath want to have you take your healthy baby around a bunch of people that may be highly contagious in their crowded waiting rooms!

    When I lived in the Netherlands, the first doctor visit was at home, and I was never instructed by the doctor to ever bring a well-baby to his office. People in this country ought to demand better and realize the doctors don’t really care about their babies, they are motivated by the almighty American dollar. Healthcare is so substandard here, and people wait on doctors, instead of doctors waiting on them. AMA can kiss my butt..I won’t bring my daughter to a doctor’s office unless she is very ill and it is an emergency.

    I can weigh measure, check heart rates, and respiration rates, take temperatures, and don’t need to expose my newborn to every sick person in town at the doctor’s office.

  2. Jesse says:

    Sometime it is hard to get in living in Alaska

  3. Brittany says:

    My son does really good and is calm every time we go to the doctor at least so far.

  4. Habiba says:

    whenever my son goes for check up, he pees lol

  5. This week sound’s like fun. Hope all goes well.

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