Clinical Reference Systems: Pediatric Advisor 10.0
Well Child Care at 2 Months
Your baby still needs only breast milk or infant formula to
grow healthy and strong. It is not time to start cereal or
baby foods yet. Cereal can be started at 4 to 6 months of
age. At this age most babies take about 4 ounces of formula
every 3 to 4 hours.
Always hold your baby during feeding time. Then your baby
learns that you are there to meet his needs. This is an
important and special time.
Babies start to lift their heads briefly. They reach for
things with their hands. They enjoy smiling faces and
sometimes smile in return. Cooing sounds may be made in
response to people speaking gentle, soothing words.
For more information see: Normal Development: 2 Months
Many babies wake up every 3 to 4 hours, while others sleep
through the night. Every baby is different. Feeding your
baby a lot just before bedtime doesn't have much to do with
how long your baby will sleep. Place your baby in the crib
when he's drowsy but still awake. Ask your doctor or nurse
for ideas about ways to keep your baby alert and awake
during the day and sound asleep at night.
Never leave your child alone, except in a crib.
Avoid Suffocation and Choking
- Use a crib with slats not more than 2 and 3/8 inches
- Place your baby in bed on his back.
- Use a mattress that fits the crib snugly.
- Keep plastic bags, balloons, and baby powder out of
Prevent Fires, Burns, Scalds
- Never eat, drink, or carry anything hot near the baby
or while you are holding the baby.
- Turn your water heater down to 120ƒF (50ƒC).
- Install smoke detectors.
- Keep a fire extinguisher in or near the kitchen.
- Don't smoke near the baby.
- Never leave a child alone in a car.
- Use an approved infant car safety seat and follow the
instructions for proper use.
- Parents should always wear seat belts.
- Never step away when the baby is on a high place, even
on a changing table.
- Keep the crib sides up.
At the 2-month visit, your baby should have a:
- DPT (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) shot
- Hib (Haemophilus influenza type B) shot
- hepatitis B shot
- polio vaccine (given either by a shot or by mouth).
Your baby may run a fever and be irritable for about 1 day
after getting shots. Your baby may also have some soreness,
redness, and swelling where the shots were given.
Acetaminophen drops (1/2 dropperful, or 0.4 ml, every 4 to 6
hours) may help to prevent the fever and irritability. For
swelling or soreness put a wet, warm washcloth on the area
of the shots as often and as long as needed for comfort.
Call your child's physician if:
- Your child has a rash or any other reaction besides fever
and mild irritability.
- Your child has a fever that lasts more than 36 hours.
Your baby's next routine visit should be at the age of 4
months. At this time your child will get the next set of
immunizations. Please bring the shot card each time your
baby is due to get shots.