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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!
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!
As the parent of a newborn, you have questions, especially if you're a first-time Mom or Dad. At Johnson County Pediatrics, the professional 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!