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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!
Even the most confident parents usually have a few questions during the first days or weeks of their newborns' lives. Your child's Friendswood, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire of Good Health Pediatrics offers the care your newborn needs for a healthy start.
How much should my newborn drink at each feeding?
Newborns generally drink about two to three ounces of breast milk or formula per feeding. Don't be concerned if your baby occasionally drinks a little less or more. Your son or daughter may not be very hungry during one feeding but will drink more during the next feeding.
You can tell if your son or daughter is getting enough milk by the number of wet diapers he or she produces. By day five or six, you should be changing about six wet diapers per day. In some cases, producing fewer wet diapers can be a sign that your child isn't receiving enough milk and has become dehydrated.
Signs of dehydration in newborns include sunken eyes or soft spots, dark yellow urine, no tears when crying, irritability, sleepiness, or skin that doesn't immediately bounce back when you gently pull it up. If you notice any possible signs of dehydration, call your child's doctor in Friendswood, TX, immediately.
Does my newborn need daily baths?
Daily baths can dry or irritate your baby's skin. Luckily, newborns don't generally move around enough to become dirty. In fact, you'll only need to bathe your child every few days. Use sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off. When you begin bathing your child in a bathtub or sink, make sure that the water is only lukewarm. Don't leave your child alone, even if he or she is supported by a bathtub seat. Babies can slip out of the seats and drown very quickly.
Can I put my baby to sleep on his or her stomach?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your baby sleeps on his or her back only. Babies who sleep on their sides or stomachs are at increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Don't put stuffed animals, blankets, or pillows in the crib, as those items can pose a suffocation risk.
Whether you have questions about specific symptoms or it's time for your child's next vaccine, visits to the pediatrician play an important role in your son or daughter's health. Call your child's Friendswood, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire of Good Health Pediatrics at (281) 534-9355 to schedule an appointment.