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There is a lot of care and work that goes into raising a newborn, and your pediatrician is here to help right from the beginning. Your pediatrician typically sees your newborn for their very first appointment within a few days of being discharged from the hospital. Your pediatrician is here for you to ask any questions or address any concerns you may have about your newborn and caring for your newborn. Some of the topics that your pediatrician may discuss in that first visit are:
Feeding- Your pediatrician will watch your baby’s feeding habits during this period and make sure that their growth is right on schedule. During the first six months of your newborn’s life, you’ll feed them formula or breastmilk. Breastfed babies tend to eat more frequently than babies who are fed formula.
Sleep- Every baby has different sleep schedules and needs. Most newborns tend to sleep sixteen to seventeen hours a day, but only sleep a few hours at a time. Sleep cycles don’t tend to normalize until your baby is about six months old. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that healthy infants should sleep on their backs until they are able to roll over on their own.
Bathing- Infants do not usually require daily bathing, as long as the diaper area is thoroughly cleaned during changes, because daily bathing dry out their skin. Instead, it’s recommended to sponge bathe areas as needed.
Umbilical Cord Care- An infant’s umbilical cord should eventually dry up and fall off on its own by the time your baby is two weeks old. Until then, make sure to keep the area clean and dry by using sponge baths instead of submerging your baby in the tub. Small drops of blood are normal around the time that the umbilical cord is supposed to fall off. If you notice any active bleeding, foul-smelling yellowish discharge, or red skin around the stump, contact your pediatrician.
Your newborn should see their pediatrician at 2 weeks, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, and regularly throughout their life. Call your pediatrician for any questions on newborn care today!
Visiting your child’s pediatrician for the first time can be overwhelming. However, compiling a list of questions to ask your pediatrician can help you experience a comfortable and informative first visit. Learn which questions you should ask at your first doctor’s visit with 7 Days Pediatrics in Edison, NJ.
Some common questions to ask during your baby’s first newborn appointment include:
- Is my baby getting enough milk/formula? Generally, doctors suggest letting the baby lead the feedings. Let baby eat as much as he or she likes and until they begin losing interest. You may also want to measure the amount of formula or milk baby drinks to keep track of the exact amount of food he or she takes in.
- How should I keep my baby warm? Babies are tiny and require several layers while they sleep. Since doctors recommend leaving any blankets and pillows out of the crib, your baby may need several layers of clothing to stay warm depending on the month. Your pediatrician can help you find the best night time routine for you.
- Is my baby sick? Unfortunately, babies just cry sometimes. While this can be alarming, it does not always mean something is wrong. If your baby cries or seems uncomfortable very often, alert your doctor.
- How often should my baby eat? Newborn babies eat every two to three hours. However, some babies may eat more or less. Eating habits change as baby gets older and they will begin drinking more after several months. Your doctor can help you find a good feeding schedule.
For more information on pediatrics, please contact Dr. Hung Nguyen and Dr. Nimisha Shukla at 7 Days Pediatrics serving Fords and Perth Amboy in Edison, NJ. Call (732) 661-0966 to schedule your child’s appointment with their pediatrician today!