Your baby needs routine medical checkups. During these checkups (called well-baby visits), your baby's height, weight, and head circumference will be measured to find out whether he or she is growing at the expected rate.
At each well-baby visit, talk to your doctor about your baby's nutritional needs, which change as he or she grows and develops. For example, babies between 4 and 6 months of age may start eating solid foods.
A well-baby visit is a good time to talk about any feeding problems or developmental concerns that you have. You may want to make a list of questions(What is a PDF document?) before your visit.
Early and regular dental care is important for your child. Talk with your doctor about how to care for your child's teeth after they start coming in, which is usually between 6 and 12 months of age. For more information, see the topics Teething and Basic Dental Care.
Other Places To Get Help
|141 Northwest Point Boulevard|
|Elk Grove Village, IL 60007|
|Phone: || (847) 434-4000|
|Web Address: ||www.healthychildren.org|
This American Academy of Pediatrics website has information for parents about childhood issues, from before the child is born to young adulthood. You'll find information on child growth and development, immunizations, safety, health issues, behavior, and much more.
|American Academy of Family Physicians: FamilyDoctor.org|
|P.O. Box 11210|
|Shawnee Mission, KS 66207-1210|
|Fax: ||(913) 906-6075|
|Web Address: ||www.familydoctor.org|
The website FamilyDoctor.org is sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians. It offers information on adult and child health conditions and healthy living. There are topics on medicines, doctor visits, physical and mental health issues, parenting, and more.
|American Dental Association|
|211 East Chicago Avenue|
|Chicago, IL 60611-2678|
|Phone: ||(312) 440-2500|
|Web Address: ||www.ada.org|
The American Dental Association (ADA), the professional membership organization of practicing dentists, provides information about oral health care for children and adults. The ADA can also help you find a dentist in your area.
|KidsHealth for Parents, Children, and Teens|
|Nemours Home Office|
|10140 Centurion Parkway|
|Jacksonville, FL 32256|
|Phone: ||(904) 697-4100|
|Web Address: ||www.kidshealth.org|
This website is sponsored by the Nemours Foundation. It has a wide range of information about children's health—from allergies and diseases to normal growth and development (birth to adolescence). This website offers separate areas for kids, teens, and parents, each providing age-appropriate information that the child or parent can understand. You can sign up to get weekly emails about your area of interest.
|U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)|
|10903 New Hampshire Avenue|
|Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002|
|Phone: ||1-888-INFO-FDA (1-888-463-6332)|
|Web Address: ||www.fda.gov|
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. The FDA provides accurate, science-based information about medicines and foods and helps protect public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of:
- Human and veterinary drugs.
- Biological products.
- Medical devices.
- The U.S. food supply.
- Products that emit radiation.