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the eric update - day 99: first trip to the peds doctor!

phew. today ( day 99 ) was a big day. before all the new baby excitement started, kris and i took odin to his first appointment with his pediatric doctor. it's relatively routine to meet with your peds doctor soon after leaving the nicu so that there's disruption in the continuity of care. eric passed all the tests with flying colors and the big news ( no pun intended ) was that he tipped the scales at 5 pounds 12 ounces or about 2608 grams, which means that he's gained 5 ounces after being out of the nicu! it's a great sign that he's still gaining weight despite the "stress" of going home and his doctor was very pleased to see that eric didn't seem to be a troublemaker when it came to gaining weight.

while all signs indicate that little odin is a very healthy micropreemie, his doctor will still want to keep a close eye on him and we'll be bringing him in for weekly visits for at least the next 3 weeks; however as flu season really begins in earnest, we'll probably have a home health nurse come to our house to prevent the risk of infection that exists when you're hanging out in a pediatrician's office once a week.

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10/11/2004 11:59:00 PM 3 comments


Can Odin get vaccinated against the flu? Babies have to have it in two doses the first time, but I'd say he's definitely in one of the categories of people who's recommended to get it despite the shortage.

What about an RSV vaccination too?

By Blogger Becky Sprecher, at 10:42 AM  

maybe someone will correct me, but everyone has told us that babies under 6 months of age can not have the flu shot, although it is highly recommended that all primary care givers get one.

he is definately a candidate for the rsv shot and we are coordinating with his peds doctor to make sure that we have everything in place for when rsv season starts ( as you know you can't get an rsv shot until the first case of rsv has been reported in your area ).

By Blogger e3, at 11:56 AM  

You have it right, Eric. But I imagine all of you folks over six months old will be getting flu shots!

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