Bringing your baby home from the hospital or birthing center is a time of immense joy, but it can also be a little scary taking charge of such a precious infant. With the support of the pediatric team at Newport Children’s Medical Group, in Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, and Laguna Beach, California, you can make sure your baby receives everything they need from newborn care onwards. Call Newport Children’s Medical Group today to schedule a consultation.
Newborn Care Q & A
What is newborn care?
Newborn care is the support you get after your child is born. When all the fuss of the birth dies down, and you start on the routine daily care of your infant, the Newport Children’s Medical Group team is there to ensure your baby has the best possible start to life.
The obstetrics team at the hospital or your midwife will have given you a great start and supplied you with all the advice and information you need, of course.
You also know your baby’s had their first round of health checks, been weighed and measured, and received a Vitamin K shot and any vaccinations they need.
You know the people looking after you aren’t going to send you home unprepared, but if you’re a new mom, getting home from the birthing center or hospital and taking charge of a precious little human can feel somewhat overwhelming.
Knowing you have Newport Children’s Medical Group there to guide you through the next stage is hugely comforting.
When should I take my newborn for their first pediatrician’s exam?
Healthy, full-term babies usually need their first pediatrician’s exam at Newport Children’s Medical Group between three and five days after they’re born.
If your baby was premature or there were any complications, for example, you had gestational diabetes, you might need to see your pediatrician sooner. The hospital or midwife will advise you before you go home.
Newborns usually need a second checkup two weeks later, and a third when they reach two months of age. Your provider at Newport Children’s Medical Group can advise you how often you need to attend.
What happens at the first newborn care exam?
A newborn’s first exam involves a comprehensive health check to make sure everything’s looking the way it should.
Your provider at Newport Children’s Medical Group measures your newborn’s length and the circumference of their head. They also weigh your baby and compare the result to the baby’s birth weight. Sometimes infants lose weight in their first few days, but it’s important to check they haven’t lost too much.
Your provider also checks things like your newborn’s vision and hearing, listens to their heart and breathing, and tests their reflexes. You can also discuss any issues or worries you have, and get help if you’re having any problems.
Most new moms have some areas they struggle with, whether it’s getting a good latch when breastfeeding, or having problems getting your baby to sleep.
The first newborn care visit is also an opportunity to set up your baby’s schedule of immunizations.
For more information or to arrange a newborn care exam, call Newport Children’s Medical Group today.