Congratulations on your newborn baby! We are here to help walk you through this journey of parenthood. At your first visit, we will discuss adjustments to make in order to comfort your new baby. We will help you implement routines for feeding, sleeping and playing daily.
At Comprehensive Pediatrics’ your baby will receive a thorough newborn physical exam. We will discuss, in length, caring for and protecting your baby, as well as safety measures.
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- Use a rectal thermometer to check for fever (100.4 F or 38 C), not an ear thermometer.
- Your newborn baby should be sitting rear facing in the backseat of your vehicle until they are two years old.
- It is very common for babies in the first 4-8 weeks of life to develop various rashes, call us if you are worried.
- Have everyone who touches the baby wash their hands first. Avoid crowds until 2 months of age. Do not allow strangers, especially children, to get too close to your newborn’s face or touch his/her hands.
- Put your baby to sleep on his or her back in a crib in your room, not in your bed. Crib should meet current safety standards, with no drop side rail and slats no more than 2 ¾ inches apart. Keep soft objects and loose bedding such as comforters, pillows and toys out of the crib.
- Postpartum depression is a serious but very common condition. Try to sleep or rest while your baby is sleeping. Give your other children small safe ways to help you with the baby. Spend special time alone with each child. Call us if you feel sad, blue, overwhelmed for more than a few days or have thoughts of harming yourself or the baby.
At this visit, your baby will receive Hep B vaccine if they haven’t already done so at the hospital.