What your pediatricians want you to know
Having a newborn is a wonderful experience, but you may also be nervous. You probably have many questions about how to care for your newborn. Don’t worry because your pediatrician wants to partner with you in caring for your baby. The pediatricians at Johnson County Pediatrics want to share a few simple tips that can help you and your newborn.
Your pediatrician will want to see your baby within the first 2 to 5 days after birth. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your baby to get to know your pediatrician and ask any questions concerning caring for your baby. At this important visit, your newborn gets a thorough examination during which the pediatrician records baseline measurements of development and growth. These baseline measurements are critical to ensuring your baby is on a healthy path.
During this visit, you will also learn important facts about newborn care including:
- Feeding: Your baby will want to feed every 2 to 3 hours on average if you are breastfeeding. Formula-fed babies want to feed every 3 to 4 hours.
- Sleeping: your baby will want to sleep an average of 16 to 17 hours every day. Always place your child on his back.
- Stooling: your baby’s first stools will appear black and these change to dark green to yellow later on. If you see red or white stool, bring your baby in for a pediatric visit.
- Bathing: always use mild soap and water, making sure to clean in the folds of skin. Don’t wash your baby too often because it can cause dry, irritated skin. Until the umbilical stump falls off, do not submerge the baby in water – sponge baths only.
For additional information about newborn baby care, please visit the Newborn Care page on the Johnson County Pediatrics website at http://www.jocopediatrics.com/newborn-care.html
You can best take care of your newborn best when you are healthy and well-rested, so try and sleep when your baby does. Also, enlist the help of family and friends when you need it. Give yourself a break with housecleaning because taking care of your newborn is the most important activity you should be doing right now. Try taking long walks with your baby to relieve stress.
Having a newborn is a joy, but it can also be hard work. Your pediatrician can help simplify your life by helping you care for your newborn. Just pick up the phone and call Johnson County Pediatrics at 913.384.5500 today!