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Health Information For Parents
You’ll see your baby’s doctor often during your little one’s first year. Here’s what to expect right after your baby arrives.
Your baby’s first exam will either happen in the nursery or at your side. It includes:
Your baby will get a first bath, and the umbilical cord stump will be cleaned. Most hospitals and birthing centers give information to new parents on feeding, bathing, and other important parts of newborn care.
The hospital or birth center where you deliver will notify your child’s doctor of the birth. A pediatrician or your baby’s doctor will be standing by to take care of the baby if:
The doctor you chose for your newborn will examine your baby within 24 hours of birth. This is a good time to ask questions about your baby’s care.
A sample of your baby’s blood (usually done by pricking the baby’s heel) will be screened for some diseases. It’s important to diagnose these at birth so treatment can begin right away.
Your newborn will have an exam at the doctor’s office within 3 to 5 days of birth. During the first office visit, your doctor will check your baby in a few ways. Your doctor will probably:
You also might talk about the results of the screening tests done right after birth, if they’re ready. Jot down any instructions about special baby care, and bring up your questions or concerns. Keep a medical record for your baby that includes information about growth, immunizations, medicines, and any problems or illnesses.
A baby is born with some natural immunity against infectious diseases. That’s because the mother’s infection-preventing antibodies are passed through the umbilical cord. This immunity is temporary. But babies will develop their own immunity against many infectious diseases. For instance, breastfed babies get antibodies and enzymes in breast milk that help protect them from some infections and even some allergic conditions.
Infants should get their first shot of the hepatitis B vaccine in the hospital within 24 hours of birth. Babies will get more vaccines in the coming months based on a standard immunization schedule.
Call your doctor if you have concerns about your newborn. These problems can be common during this first month:
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You probably have lots of questions about your baby’s health. When should you call the doctor, and what medical care should you expect for your baby at this age?
Because your baby begins to show his or her personality during these months, your questions may move from simple sleeping and eating concerns to those about physical and social development.
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Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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