Thursday, February 23, 2012

Two Year Well Baby Doctor's Visit

Posted by Heather at Thursday, February 23, 2012

Today was Katy's two year Well Baby Doctor's Visit with Dr. Guerriero. She now weigh 26 lbs. and measure 35" long. This puts her in the 80th percentile for weight and 69th percentile height. From the doctor's assessment, our Katy is right on target (and even ahead in some areas physically and developmentally.

Just like last year, Katy got her iron levels checked. Also like last year, she was not amused with the finger prick and very resistant to getting her hand anywhere near the nurse in order to get the sample. As a side note, our nurse was VERY kid friendly and she finally got Katy to give the finger prick by saying, "Katy, can you give me a high five? How about a low five?" Before Katy realized it, the nurse had the finger prick.

Katy got the last of her Hepatitis boosters, today. Like every time (and every other kid I know), she did not like getting the shot and cried big crocodile tears when the nurse gave her the shot. I also found out that come next flu season, Katy is old enough to get the spray mist flu shot instead of the one grown in eggs- yay!

Katy was very wiggly and squirmy during the examination. Dr. Guerriero was very adept at getting all of the vitals on a very active and moving toddler.

Verbally, Katy is way ahead of the curve. The doctor told me that between year two and three, Katy will learn more language than the rest of her life. How interesting!

We received some information on tantrums during the visit. It couldn't have come at a better time! The terrible twos have arrived in full force! Katy has at least on tantrum a day- most times for silly, inconsequential things. One day it's because we ran out of milk, the next time it's because we have to put away toys. Don't even get me started on trying to get Katy into the car seat these days! I have to allot an extra fifteen minutes just to get Katy into the car seat because it takes great coaxing, bribing, and sometimes manual force to "convince" Katy to get into the seat. By the time she's FINALLY buckled in (after having to climb into the car by herself, running to the other side of the back seat, kicking and screaming when I try to buckle her in....) I'm exhausted and barely have the energy to go to wherever we were trying to go to in the first place!!

Katy was born with a Mongolian spot on her backside. We were originally told that it would disappear after the first year. Well, we're on year two and it's still there. So, I asked the doctor about it and he said that if it hasn't faded away by age six, it's probably permanent. I guess that's okay since nobody else better be looking at that little tushie anytime soon!

Now that Katy is two, I should be concerned if her fever is above 102 degrees F. A temperature at this degree (or higher) means that her body is fighting infection. While I may not necessarily need to call the doctor right away, 102 is the marker where I need to be concerned and monitoring. I thought that was good information to have.

Also, the doctor clarified the new(ish) dosing instructions for medicines for me. For Tylenol, a child should receive 75 mg for every ten pounds. For Motrin, Advil and Ibuproern, a child should receive 50 mg for every ten pounds. I tried doing the math on this one but ended up getting myself all confused. Long and short of it- I need to get a better dosing syringe (stat!)  in order to give Katy the proper amount of medicine!!

All in all, a good visit. Our Katy is happy, healthy and right on track for her age!


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