Four Month Well Baby Check Up and Vaccination – The 411

Yesterday, we arrived in NYC early am for baby girl’s four month well baby visit and second round of vaccinations. 

The baby is 14 pounds 4 ounces and now 24 inches long.

She is growing well according to her Pediatrician and the doctor said we can start her on solids anytime between now and six months of age. She suggested we start her with cereal and then wait a few days to introduce a pureed fruit or vegetable.  I am going to wait a little while and introduce cereal when her demand for more ounces of milk is noticed.   Currently, she still drinks 3-4 ounces per feeding and averages 18-24 ounces per twenty four hour period. She seems to be going through a growth spurt the last few days and has taken in 5 – 6 ounces at a few of her feedings. She still doesn’t like medication so I have been putting the Benedryl and Tylenol in her bottle with a 1/2 ounce or so of milk to get her to take it.  Otherwise, she spits out most of the medication.  

The baby demonstrated her newly found skill of flipping over by trying to flip over and off the exam table !

She is doing better with taking in formula.  Most days we are doing 1/2 Breast milk and 1/2 Earth’sBest Organic Sensitivity Formula.   I add probiotics to the 1st bottle of the day, every other day and that seems to be working for us. 

After the vaccines last time, I gave the baby Tylenol, Benedryl and Motrin for two days. This time I gave her dose before we left for the doctor and once when we got back that afternoon.   This morning, she awoke with a 102.1 fever.   I gave her Tylenol and Motrin and called her doctor. Her doc says it’s normal after vaccinations and to give her 2ml of Tylenol only and hold off on Motrin until after 6 months of age.   She said she doesn’t need the Benedryl now.

I gave the baby the additional dose of Tylenol mixed with a little formula and her fever has finally broken.

I am in love with her Kinsa thermometer that attaches to the smartphone and works via an app.

Now that the baby is no longer feverish, we will head out and grab some lunch before going to the post office to retrieve mail and packages.

I just hope the Tylenol keeps her fever under control and that she feels better.   It is horrible watching your baby be miserable.   

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