There’s no way to completely prepare yourself for the amazing, demanding, and occasionally grueling reality of caring for a newborn, even if you had nine months to get ready for their birth. Fortunately, the doctors at Kid’s 1st Pediatrics are on hand and willing to assist. The first trip to the pediatrician’s office for most parents also marks their first time leaving the house. This is a significant visit. For the first few weeks of life, young infants require careful observation and care to make sure they are developing and growing as they should. What to expect at your baby’s newborn care appointment is listed below.
What Takes Place at a Visit for Infant Care?
Up until the age of one month, a baby is a neonate, or newborn. During this busy newborn period, numerous significant events take place and rapid developmental changes take place. It’s also when many congenital health issues first become apparent and the danger of serious sickness from some illnesses is increased. It’s also when parent-baby bonding starts to take place and feeding patterns are formed. A newborn care visit, which is scheduled during your baby’s first week of life and normally occurs when they are three to five days old, comprises the following examinations:
We measure your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference to make sure they are appropriate. If your child weighs a little less than they did at birth, don’t be frightened. A baby often loses up to 10% of its body weight in the first week and quickly makes that weight back in the second.
Full Physical Examination
Your infant will also get a full physical assessment from head to toe. This include examining your newborn’s reflexes, vision, and hearing as well as the umbilical cord stump. Babies’ vision is still somewhat fuzzy during the newborn era, and they can only focus on nearby things. At this stage, your baby’s motions are largely controlled by involuntary, innate reflexes. These include the startle reflex, grabbing and stepping reflexes, and the rooting and sucking reflexes.
Review of Health Screening
Before being allowed to leave the hospital shortly after birth, all newborns go through two thorough health examinations. The purpose of newborn screenings is to find undiscovered genetic, hormonal, and metabolic problems that may have an impact on your baby’s long-term health. Your pediatrician reviews the findings of these initial hearing, heart, and blood exams during your baby’s first-week checkup. Depending on the findings, they can suggest rescreening your child or referring them to an expert for early intervention services.
For the majority of new parents, whether their infant is breastfed or given formula, feeding is a primary worry. Whether your baby drinks breast milk, iron-fortified formula, or a mix of the two will be a question you’ll be asked. You’ll also likely be questioned about how effectively your baby latches and suckles. Your newborn is learning to eat during the first week of life, just as you are. Formula-fed newborns normally take two to three ounces of formula every three to four hours, but breastfed infants typically nurse eight to twelve times in a 24-hour period.
Vaccines and Supplements
Within 24 hours of birth, the majority of infants receive their first dose of the Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine. If a newborn misses this crucial vaccination while in the hospital, they will often get it at their first-week newborn care visit. Your pediatrician will also advise starting your newborn on a vitamin D supplement at birth to help good bone development if you are breastfeeding. The majority of your baby’s nutritional requirements are met by breastmilk, however it does not provide enough vitamin D for infants.
Changing of Diapers
How many diapers a new parent should change in the first week is another topic that is frequently questioned by new parents. After each feeding, it’s totally typical for a newborn baby to produce a moist, watery stool. Before they start consuming solid food, babies don’t have solid poop. As the days pass, so does the poop of newborns. It seems dark and tarry at first, then begins to appear greenish, and finally settles into a yellowish-brown hue.
Expectations for Sleep and Safety
Melatonin, the sleep hormone, and circadian rhythms have not yet evolved in newborn newborns. Therefore, despite the fact that babies may sleep a lot in a day, they are also awake whenever they need to be fed or have their diaper changed. Your pediatrician will review safe infant sleep practices with you to assist you lower your newborn’s risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or unintentional suffocation in addition to letting you know how your baby’s sleep may alter over the next several weeks.
When is My Infant’s Subsequent Checkup Scheduled?
The recommended plan for well-child visits involves pediatric examinations multiple times during an infant’s first year of life, beginning with the first-week newborn care visit. You can schedule your baby’s subsequent appointment—their one-month checkup—after your initial visit. To arrange a consultation with a skilled, educated, and understanding pediatrician at Kid’s 1st Pediatrics, get in touch with us right away.