Japan : the 4 month check-up
A few weeks ago we received a letter in the mail addressed to Aiden. It was from Higashi Osaka City, requesting Aiden`s presence at the 4 month health check. Enclosed we also found several sheets of paper with questions to answer, boxes to tick and some information about the BCG vaccination.
So, today Aiden went to the city office (with all the other 4 month old babies who live nearby) for his 4 month check up. This is the first time that Aiden has seen a doctor or nurse since his 1 month check up (at which time he didn`t receive any vaccinations, just had his measurements taken and a quick hearing / sight check).
We (me, Aiden and Yoshi`s sister-in-law) arrived at about 1:30pm and were told to take Aiden`s temperature using a thermometer provided. After 3 failed attempts (error messages on each of the first 3 we tried), we finally got a reading of 37.3 degrees which was acceptable.
We (and all the other mums and babies) then had to listen to a quick lecture about when to start feeding our babies solid foods, and then waited our turn for the height, weight, hearing and basic developmental check. It was quite funny to see all the babies in their diapers, but reassuring to see not only that Aiden was about average size, he seemed to be sitting much straighter and holding his neck up more than the others!
After that, Aiden had his BCG injection. It is a strange looking apparatus with 9 needles inside and is stamped onto the baby`s upper arm. Here is a pic I took about 1 hour after the shot... ouch!
The doctor uses quite a lot of force to stamp the arm and Aiden cried for about 20 seconds before smiling and laughing at the nurses. After waiting for the injection site to dry off (10 mins) we then had a little one-on-one chat with a nurse who asked how often Aiden feeds, how long he sleeps, and how often he poos... and of course how long I have lived in Japan (pretty standard questions). We were then free to go.