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Newborn

At the newborn visit, you can expect us to take measurements of your baby's length, weight, and head circumference. We will go over any problems that may have occurred during the pregnancy or hospital stay. Will discuss feeding and general newborn care.

Anticipatory Guidance

Congratulations on your new addition! We know that while children are blessing, caring for a newborn can also be stressful. Feel free to contact us with any concerns or questions. Here are some quick important tips.

Daily Care

An old pediatrician once said, "feed them, clean them, love them, and don't drop them." This is a pretty good summary of care during the newborn period. Newborns should receive a sponge bath every couple of days and in between as needed. They will nurse or take a bottle every 2-3 hours. Breastfed babies should be given vitamin D supplementation. They should have at least 6 wet diapers per day once they reach about a week old. Stooling patterns vary. Stools can be yellow, green, or brown. If your baby's poop is white or chalky, please contact us immediately. Some breastfed babies will only stool once every few days, while most formula fed babies will stool at least once a day. All babies spit-up to some degree. Let us know if your baby vomits bile, or if you feel the spitting up is excessive or forceful.

Safety

You should have an appropriate safe car seat and sleeping environment. Babies should sleep on their backs to help prevent SIDS. Never shake or toss your baby. If you feel sad, angry, or feel like you are not bonding with your baby, contact your primary care doctor or us. Post-partum depression is nothing to be ashamed of, nor should it be ignored. Please take the post-partum depression screen by clicking the link below.

Newborns can be at high risk for serious infections. Fever in the first 2-3 months of life should be considered an emergency. Please alert us at once if your baby has a temperature of 100* or higher under the arm. It is a good idea to stay out of crowds and keep your baby from being passed around from person to person.

Screening

Most of the screening for your baby takes place in the hospital. Please be sure to let us know if your baby did not pass her hearing test or one of the other screens. The state Newborn screen usually returns in a week or so. Be sure to let us know if you received a letter in the mail indicating an abnormal result. It is important to monitor for symptoms of post-partum depression. This is a common and treatable condition. If left unacknowledged, however, post-partum depression can have devastating effects. Please click the box below to take the PPD assessment.

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