During your child's first few years, you'll visit the doctor regularly. Follow your doctor's advice for scheduling well-baby checkups. The schedule varies from doctor to doctor, but generally follows this pattern:
During a checkup, the doctor will examine your baby from head to toe.
Soft spots should be open and flat for the first few months. The spot at the back of the head usually closes by 2-3 months, while the front soft spot closes around 18 months. The doctor will also measure your child's head size.
Doctor will look in both ears for signs of ear infection.
Doctor will use a bright object or flashlight to track your baby's eye movements and look in the eyes.
Doctor will check for signs of infection and teething progress.
Heart and Lungs:
Doctor will place a stethoscope on the front and back of your child's chest to check breathing and heart sounds.
Doctor will place a hand on your child's abdomen and gently press to make sure all the organs are fine.
Hips and Legs:
Doctor will move your baby's legs up and down, and in a gentle circular motion to make sure the hips are alright.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about any concerns or questions you may have about your child.