Well-Baby Checkup (Under 1 Month)

Your baby just had a routine checkup to check how well he or she is growing and developing. During the checkup, the healthcare provider may have done the following:

  • Weighed and measured your baby

  • Gave your baby a complete physical exam 

  • Asked you questions about how well your baby is sleeping, eating, and moving

  • Asked you questions about your baby’s bowel and urinary habits

  • Gave your baby one or more shots (vaccines) to protect against specific illnesses

  • Talked with you about ways to keep your baby healthy and safe

Based on your baby’s exam today, there are no signs of problems. Continue caring for your child as advised by the healthcare provider.

Home care

  • Keep feeding your child as you have been or as directed by the healthcare provider.

  • Watch for any new or unusual symptoms as advised by the provider.

Follow-up care

Follow up with your child’s healthcare provider as directed. Be sure you know the date of your child’s next checkup.

When to seek medical advice

Call the healthcare provider right away if your child has any of these:

  • Fever (see "Fever and children" below)

  • Poor feeding

  • Poor weight gain or weight loss

  • Redness around the umbilical cord stump

  • New or unusual rash

  • Fast breathing or trouble breathing

  • Smelly urine

  • No wet diapers for 6 hours, no tears when crying, “sunken” eyes, or dry mouth

  • White patches in the mouth that can’t be wiped away

  • Ongoing diarrhea, constipation, or vomiting

  • Unusual fussiness or crying that won’t stop

  • Unusual drowsiness or slowed body movements

Fever and children

Always use a digital thermometer to check your child’s temperature. Never use a mercury thermometer.

For infants and toddlers, be sure to use a rectal thermometer correctly. A rectal thermometer may accidentally poke a hole in (perforate) the rectum. It may also pass on germs from the stool. Always follow the product maker’s directions for proper use. If you don’t feel comfortable taking a rectal temperature, use another method. When you talk to your child’s healthcare provider, tell him or her which method you used to take your child’s temperature.

Here are guidelines for fever temperature. Ear temperatures aren’t accurate before 6 months of age. Don’t take an oral temperature until your child is at least 4 years old.

Infant under 3 months old:

  • Ask your child’s healthcare provider how you should take the temperature.

  • Rectal or forehead (temporal artery) temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher, or as directed by the provider

  • Armpit temperature of 99°F (37.2°C) or higher, or as directed by the provider

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