Monday, November 3, 2008

4 Month Baby Check-Up

Kendra had her 4 month doctor visit today - which means more shots. She had to get five vaccinations this time. It once again resulted in a very red-faced, screaming baby. I dosed her with Tylenol this time though, so hopefully her evening will be a little easier. As of right now she is still sleeping.

The good news - she is growing like a weed, and has almost caught up developmentally. {ding, ding, ding} And on the doctor's table, we have KENDRA - weighing in at 11 pounds, 6 ounces and 23 1/2 inches long!

Her length puts her in the 50-75 percentile - a very average little girl. Her weight, however, only puts her in the 10%, so she's still pretty small. The doctor isn't worried, though, because she is gaining and falls within normal parameters.

Developmentally she can do almost everything a normal 4 month old can do. The only thing she's a little behind in is muscle control. She should be pushing up on her arms more than she does. Again, no worries, she's just a little slower than average for now.

The doctor is going to try and get us insurance approval to put her on an antibody treatment for RSV. Apparently it's very expensive - basically unaffordable unless insurance will cover it. It consists of monthly shots of antibodies to help her body fight against a specific respiratory infection called RSV. Only at risk babies are offered these shots - at risk is premies, low birth weight and kids with heart/lung problems. Since we have no other children, and Kendra's not in day care or regularly exposed to other kids, she only hits a few of the "at-risk" criteria. We'll see, I guess.

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