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Immunizations & Milestones

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Newborn (1 week)

  • Eating regularly

  • Sleeping a lot

  • Immunization: Hep B #1 should be given at the birthing center. If not, can be given at first visit

1 month

  • Jerky, arm thrusts

  • Bringing hands near eyes and mouth

  • Moves head from side to side during tummy time

  • Keeps hands in tight fists

  • Head still needs support

  • Immunization:  Hepatitis B

2 months

  • Begins to smile and recognize parent/people/faces

  • Self-soothing behavior (sucking on hands)

  • Coos and gurgles

  • Pays attention to sounds

  • Gets fussy when bored

  • Immunization:  DTaP, Hepatitis B, Polio, HiB, PCV13, Rotavirus (can give DTaP and Polio in combination with Hib or Hepatitis B)

4 months

  • Smiles, especially at people

  • Responds to affection and expresses happiness or sadness

  • Likes to play and may get fussy when play stops

  • Babbles

  • Cries to express different needs (hunger, pain, being tired)

  • Holds head unsupported, and may be able to roll from tummy to back.

  • Immunization:  DtaP, Polio, HIB, PCV13, Rotavirus

6 months

  • Begins to sit without support

  • Begins to stand and support weight on legs

  • Responds to own name

  • Begins to say consonant sounds

  • Curious and likes to look at self in a mirror

  • Immunization:  DTaP, Hep B, Polio, HIB, PCV13, Rotavirus. Third dose of Hep B needs to be given 6 months from the first dose (usually at 6-month visit)

9 months

  • Clingy with familiar adults, and may be afraid of strangers

  • Has favorite toys

  • Understands “no”

  • Plays peek-a-boo

  • Enhanced fine motor skills

  • Pulls up to stand and holds on while standing, and crawls

  • Immunization:  No routine vaccines given unless the child is behind

12 months

  • Has favorite people and things

  • Hands you a book for when they want to hear a story

  • Helps you dress them

  • Responds to simple spoken requests

  • Makes sounds that appear more like speech

  • Starts to use things correctly (drinks from a cup, etc)

  • Follows simple directions

  • Walks while holding on to furniture

  • Immunization: Hepatitis A, Varicella, MMR (Varicella and MMR can be given in combination)

15 months

  • Able to say three to five words

  • Point to one body part

  • Able to walk alone and begin to run

  • Climb on furniture

  • Imitate activities such as housework

  • Immunization: Hepatitis B, Influenza Type B, Pneumococcal conjugate, Poliovirus, Influenza (IIV), Measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), Varicella, Hepatitis A, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Acellular pertussis

18 months

  • Likes to play with others

  • May have tantrums

  • Plays pretend and likes to explore

  • Can say several words and follows 1-step commands

  • Can scribble on their own

  • Eats with a spoon

  • Immunization: Hep A (second dose must be 6 months after 1st dose with allowable 4-day grace period)

24 months (2 years)

  • Copies others and gets excited when with other children

  • Shows increased independence and sometimes defiant behavior

  • Says sentences with two to 4 words

  • Repeats words heard in conversations

  • Sorts shapes and colors, and can build towers of blocks

  • Can kick and throw a ball

  • Immunization:  visit routinely do not have vaccines unless the child is behind

30 month Visit

  • Takes part in group activities

  • Can play on playground equipment, like beams, slides, ladders, and other play equipment

  • Holds a pencil as if to print

  • Copies drawings of circles, dots, small lines and swirls

  • Can cut paper with safety scissors

  • Turn book pages one at a time

  • Immunization:  visit routinely do not have vaccines unless the child is behind

36 month (3 years)

  • Copies adults and kids

  • Shows empathy for crying friends

  • Shows affection

  • Shows a wide range of emotions

  • Knows first and last name, age, and sex

  • Knows the names of friends

  • Understands quantities (two is more than 1)

  • Immunization:  visit routinely do not have vaccines unless the child is behind

4 years (pre-k and kindergarten visits)

Immunizations: DTaP, Polio, Varicella and M-M-R

5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 years

Immunizations: No routine vaccines given unless the child is behind

11 years

Immunizations: MCV4, TdaP, HPV (HPV can be given as early as 9. If started at age 15 or older, there are 3 vaccines in the series)

12, 13, 14, 15 years

Immunizations: No routine vaccines given unless the child is behind

16 years

Immunizations: MCV4 and eligible for MenB

17, 18 years

Immunizations: Second MenB (given 6 months after the first)

RGPC vaccination policy follows those outlined by the CDC. Learn more at Administered vaccines may vary based on your child's age and/or if your child falls behind schedule.

Pediatricians in Memphis

Our compassionate and professional staff and providers have been serving families in Memphis, Eads, and other surrounding cities for many years.  We're excited to help you and your growing household make the best medical decisions for your child's health.  It's important to remember that the milestones listed here aren't all-encompassing.  The best way to track your baby's development is by visiting your pediatrician for routine well-child visits.  Reach out today!