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Your Baby Week Two


Updated May 06, 2014

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Two Week Well Child Check-up
A two-week-old baby getting examined at her pediatrician's office.

A two-week-old baby getting examined at her pediatrician's office.

Photo © Lisa Eastman
It used to be that most babies were discharged from the nursery and then didn't see their pediatrician until they were two weeks old, but that advice has changed over the years.

These days, it is very likely that you have already seen your pediatrician at least once or twice already for jaundice and/or weight checks.

Your baby will also need a checkup when she is two weeks old though.

At the two-week checkup, you can expect your pediatrician to check the weight, height and head circumference of your baby and review her growth and development. She will probably have a repeat of her newborn screen test and may have her first Hepatitis B vaccine (unless it was already given in the nursery).

The next visit with your pediatrician will probably be when your baby is two months old (although some pediatricians also recommend a visit at four weeks of age).

Postpartum Depression

New mothers likely won't see their own doctor until their six-week postpartum check-up and then maybe not for another year. That puts pediatricians in a good position to screen and recognize postpartum depression (PPD), even before a mother's own obstetrician or family doctor. So don't be surprised if your pediatrician asks you questions about PPD.

By 7 to 10 days after having a baby, simple cases of the "baby blues" have started to go away. Moms who continue to feel depressed, anxious, tired, worthless, are crying a lot, or feel overwhelmed, among other symptoms, may have postpartum depression.

It is important to note that PPD can develop at any time during the first year after having a baby, so be watchful for the signs. { more info }


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