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Health Information For Parents
From the moment babies are born, they respond to the world around them. Their reactions — being calmed by a parent’s embrace or startled by a loud sound — are examples of normal infant development.
Doctors use milestones to tell if a baby is developing as expected. There’s a wide range of what’s considered normal, so some babies may gain skills earlier or later than others. Babies who were born prematurely may reach milestones later. Always talk with your doctor about your baby’s progress.
Here’s what your newborn might do:
Every child develops at their own pace. But if something concerns you, tell your doctor. Also, tell the doctor if your baby:
Play is the primary way that infants learn how to move, communicate, socialize, and understand their surroundings. And during the first month of life, your baby will learn by interacting with you.
It may seem like all babies do is sleep, eat, and cry, but their little bodies are making many movements, some of which are reflexes.
Find out what this doctor’s checkup will involve after your baby arrives.
A newborn’s growth and development is measured from the moment of birth. Find out if your baby’s size is normal, and what to expect as your baby grows.
Your newborn is taking in first sights, sounds, and smells while learning to explore the world through the senses. What are your baby’s responses to light, noise, and touch?
These guidelines on breastfeeding and bottle feeding can help you know what’s right for you and your baby.
By the time you hold your new baby for the first time, you’ve probably chosen your little one’s doctor. Learn about your newborn’s medical care.
Find out what this doctor’s checkup will involve a few days after your baby is born.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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