ONE MONTH VISIT
At your appointment, we introduce tummy time and show you how your baby’s weight, length, and head are tracking along their percentiles. We will also address any concerns you have about your baby and discuss feeding intake.
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At this age, your baby should be able to recognize your voice, follow your eyes/face and be calmed if upset. Your baby should be eating well, suck, swallow and breathe easily.
It is very common for newborns not to stool every day due to their immature digestive system. Sometimes breast fed babies will stool less frequently as they will use most of the nutrients they are being fed. Stools can appear seedy or pasty in texture, mustardy, orangey, green or brown in color. These variations depend on whether your baby is drinking formula or breast milk. Please call us if your baby is having white/chalky, black or bloody stools. Key to note: quality of stool is more important than quantity of stools.
During first 6 months of life babies breathe through the nose only and any minimal amount of nasal congestion can cause an impression of obstruction. However this is non worrisome, we recommend parents a humidifier and nasal saline if baby continues to snore. Use of suction and wiping the patient’s mucus is also recommended.
Your child should begin tummy time around 4-5 weeks to strengthen his/her neck. Start with your baby lying on the floor and shoot for 4 sessions of approximately 5 minutes each. Only do tummy time when you are around to watch the baby. DO not place the baby on their tummy during the night.
If exclusively breast feeding it is important to incorporate Vitamin D daily, the daily recommended dose is 400 units= 1mL, you can mix it with or without breast milk. Vitamin D is important in bone development in young babies; deficiencies can cause certain bone related disorders.
If breast feeding only, it is recommended to give the baby a bottle at this age to allow someone other than mother to feed the baby. Thus, allowing mom to have some free time.
At this visit your baby will receive the 2nd dose of Hep B vaccine (28 days apart from the 1st dose).