Two-Month Visit

Around two months, your baby will flash you a real smile and start to show some real head control! At this visit, we start to track your baby’s develop with a standardized screen and discuss strategies to encourage further development. We will also lay out the road map for our vaccination schedule.

All babies develop at different rates. Do not be discouraged or worried, if your child has not achieved the following milestones by 2 months.

At this age, your child should:

  • Lift chest momentarily when on tummy
  • Hold head steady when seated with support
  • Discover hands and fingers
  • Grasp with some control
  • Smile and coo with increasing frequency
  • Follow objects by moving head from side to side
Although the immune system is still developing, it is quite sophisticated. Every day your child is exposed to hundreds of antigens (the active parts of vaccines). When we give your child the vaccines, we simply control a few antigens they will see on that given day to protect against dangerous illnesses. If you want more information on this topic, review the video “Vaccines – Separating Facts from Fear” by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Most babies do not react to the vaccines. However, a small percentage may develop a low-grade fever (under 101) or fussiness for 24 hours after administering the vaccine. If this occurs, provide a dose of acetaminophen (Tylenol) as directed on our Acetaminophen Dosing Chart. For more information on potential reactions to specific vaccines, visit the Vaccine Information Sheets on the Centers for Disease Control website.

Most babies will not have a reaction to the vaccines.  If your child is irritable or develops a fever greater than 101℉, please consult the Dosing Tylenol Chart for the dose.

At this visit, your child will receive the Pentacel vaccine (Dtap, Polio and Hib), the Prevnar vaccine (pneumococcal) and an oral vaccine that protects against rotavirus.