Instructions for Parents of Two Month Old Babies
Two months old baby and mother
Now you have enjoyed the company of your baby for the last two months, congratulations. Dr. Manuel, the nurse practitioners, Jamie Woodring and Natalie Babin, and the well-trained and experienced nurses at Manuel Medical Clinic are there to help you enjoy your baby, any way imaginable. The following instructions are developed and revised several times in the past to make your life with your two-month old baby as much enjoyable as possible.
If you have any question, please contact us at (337)984-0110 or contact us through email provided to you. I suggest to you to read the new born instructions first, to help you to understand the following instructions.
Nutrition and feeding instructions for two-month old baby
Breast feeding is the best choice for parents at two months of age. However many parents choose to feed breast and formula, some parents choose bottle feeding only.
Breast feeding for two-month old baby:
Breast fed babies do not require any additional feeding at two months of age. If the baby is not satisfied with breast-feeding alone, or if the weight gain is not satisfactory, additional formula feeding is recommended.
Formula feeding for two-month old child:
Feed the formula as much as the baby wants every four to five hours. Baby foods are not recommended at this age.
Vitamin supplements at two months of age:
Many pediatricians prescribe vitamins at this age. Additional vitamin D 400 units also recommended at this age.
Immunization at two months of age:
It is important to start immunization at this age. In spite all the confusion about immunization you find among bloggers, immunization at the appropriate time is proven to be highly beneficial.
Four vaccinations are required: Pediarix, Hib, PCV13, and Retrovirus
Interacting with your baby at two months of age:
Talk to the child, and provide expressions of happiness. The child is learning facial expressions and language. The more time you spend interacting with your baby, the better. However, you do not necessarily pick up the child every time the baby cries.
Sleep habits at two months of age:
It is normal for one baby to sleep all night another baby to wake up many times at night. We do not know why some parents are so lucky that their children all night while others wake up often. This is probably related to its genetic set-up. Parental anxiety may contribute to disturbed sleep of babies as suggested by many studies.
Do not give any medication to make the baby sleep. If you are breast feeding, I suggest feeding the baby just before you go to bed. Do not start feeding the baby while lying on bed with the baby.
Place your baby on the baby-bed when you notice that it is about to fall asleep, not after the baby falls asleep. This is because when you place the baby after it is sleeping, it may trigger a startle reflex and may interrupt the sleep. Startle reflex, also known as Moro reflex, is present in babies which startle them when there is a loss of support as if the baby is feeling that it is falling.
You do not have to wake up and feed the baby closer than five hours at night. Having a bottle of distilled water handy may help. If the baby wakes up, you may just feed water; that should help the baby to fall back asleep.
Do not switch the light on at night; have a dim light only. This may help to establish the diurnal (night-day) set up.
Practices such as walking with the baby in the middle of the night, shaking the baby to put it to sleep, and going for a drive to put the baby to sleep are strongly discouraged.
Immunizations at Two Months:
The following are given at two months of age:
- Pediarix (This vaccine is a combination of DTaP, IPV, Hep b)
Frequent questions asked by parents concerning a two-months old baby:
Will baby shot be harmful because of the mercury content of the vaccine?
Vaccines given now contain only insignificant or no mercury. There is no reason to worry about mercury in current vaccines.
Will it help to give local anesthetic before giving baby shots?
No local anesthetic is suggested for vaccination. However, some pediatricians may prescribe a local anesthetic cream at the site of vaccine administration.
When does my child start seeing well?
At birth infants see only subjects very close to them. Infants at two months of age have a visual acuity estimated at 20/1200 to 20/2000.
What do I do if the two month old has fever?
Inform pediatrician if the child develops fever at two months of age. Mild fevers with cough or with diarrhea are common. Fever with no other symptom is more worrisome. Tylenol 6 drops every four hours may be initiated pending visit to a pediatrician.