FAQs about Newborn Child Care
By Johnson County Pediatrics
April 19, 2018
Category: Pediatric Health
Tags: newborn care  

As the parent of a newborn, you have questions, especially if you're a first-time Mom or Dad. At Johnson County Pediatrics, the newborn careprofessional team welcomes your queries. After all, there's no question that's too simple, and no answer that's always obvious. Partnering with parents in Overland Park, KS, Johnson County Pediatrics wishes to track newborn's growth, help with nutrition and sleep habits and start those immunizations. Here are FAQS to help you and your little one on your journey.

What happens at a newborn care visit in Overland Park?

Your pediatrician will weigh and measure your baby and take vital signs. The doctor will discuss feedings, number of wet diapers, activity, and sleep. Immunizations begin according to the schedule set by the American Academy of Pediatrics. At Johnson County Pediatrics, newborn care continues with visits at one, two, four, six, and nine months.

I breastfeed. How do I know my baby is getting enough?

Newborns eat very frequently--up to eight times in a 24-hour period. They also wet six or more diapers. Finally, when you lactate, your breasts feel far less full after a feeding.

How do I position my newborn during sleep?

Infants should sleep on their backs. Avoid side sleeping and keep quilts, stuffed animals, and other soft objects far away from the face, warns the American Academy of Pediatrics.

When should I call the doctor about fever?

Call when your newborn has a fever of 100.4 or higher. When the office is not open, get to the hospital ER because very young babies have limited immune systems, and even small illness can worsen rapidly.

Do you have more questions?

New parent or veteran, you always have questions because every newborn is a unique little person with varying needs. Feel free to call (913) 384-5500 with your concerns. At Johnson County Pediatrics in Overland Park, KS, we also have a helpful patient portal. We'll always work hard to meet the needs of you and your children!