Healthy infant follow-up: Following-up developments of infants each month until especially 1 year of age as of their birth, checking whether their growth and development are within normal ranges and vaccination as a precautionary measure and determining whether everything is going well in routine checks are of utmost importance. While growth is referred as increase in weight and size, development refers to proper progress of mental characteristics and movements based on the age of baby. Routine checks are intended for preventing potential problems and take measures in advance.
First examination of the baby is within 2 weeks following generally its birth. The doctor measures s weight, height and head circumference of the baby and checks fontanel, heartbeat, respiratory sounds, sensory organs, legs and arms of the baby and examines whether the baby has neonatal jaundice and whether it has healed or not. Also if not conducted when born, hypothyroidism and phenylketonuria screening tests are conducted with hepatitis B vaccine in the first examination.
2nd Month Check
Weight, height, head circumference of the baby is measured and is compared with the values in 1st month. Fontanel, sensory organs, nutrition and reflexes of the baby is checked. In male baby, it is checked whether testicles are lowered to the bags. The baby goes through a general examination. Vaccines of the baby are continued.
4th Month Check
Measured values of the baby are taken and are compared with normal values based on this month. A general examination is conducted and development of the baby is checked. In this month, symptoms relating to teething may begin. Vaccines of the baby are made.
6th Month Check
Growth of the baby is evaluated with a general examination. Upon the expiry of the six months, the baby can switch supplemental food. The doctor may direct the mother in the process of getting acquainted the baby with new food supplement to mother's milk. If necessary, iron supplementation may begin.
9th Month Check
Growth of the baby is evaluated with a general examination. Bodily and motor developments are examined. It is checked whether the baby sits without support and start talking or not.
1st Age Check:
This is a turning point for 1 year-old baby. The first year was left behind and the baby has made rapid development. The baby has learned sorting by holding the goods following crawling and even has started walking. In 1 year-old examination the baby is subject to physical examination for determining how its growth and development are. Required vaccines are made.