Choosing a doctor for your newborn is a big decision. We know new parents have a lot on their minds and may have many questions about newborn medical care. To better familiarize you with the procedures of newborn medical care available at our office, here is a list of services we offer at San Diego Pediatrics:
Right After Birth
At San Diego Pediatrics, our doctors conduct a routine well check on newborns right after birth. This checkup includes a physical examination, activity observation, blood tests, and measurements on a few essentials, including height, head circumference, weight, heart rate, and temperature. We will also discuss any questions or concerns may have, explain or review newborn care such as feeding, sleeping, and bathing with you, as well as recommended best practices when it comes to caring for your newborn.
A follow-up visit takes place at 1 to 2 weeks of age. During this visit we will measure any growth in your baby’s weight, height and head circumference, observe your baby’s vision, reflexes, and hearing, and conduct a complete physical examination. We will also talk with you about any questions you may have, discuss how you and the baby are doing, council new parents on what to expect in the next few weeks, talk about home environment and at-home safety protocols, and discuss eating and sleeping habits with you.
Immunizations help develop and bolster babies’ immune systems, enabling them to resist certain infections. Our immunization schedule includes vaccinations according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. At every well visit, we will discuss the purpose of each vaccine, and address any questions or concerns you may have about these vaccinations.
Most newborns receive their first vaccine, the Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV), in the hospital right after birth. Though typically administered at the hospital, children not previously given the vaccine may be given it at any age in our office. A second dose of HBV is administered 1 to 2 months following the first.
When to Call the Doctor
Please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns about your child’s health. Some common problems in newborns include:
- A runny nose: This can make it hard for a newborn to breathe, especially when being fed. A rubber bulb aspirator may be used to gently remove mucus from the nose and other mild remedies, like saline drops, may be prescribed depending on your child’s age and weight.
- Eye problems: Blockage of tear ducts can cause some temporary eye problems. Often the tear ducts open on their own, but if problems persist, your doctor may diagnose and treat for eye infection.
- Stomach problems: If your baby shows signs of dehydration (including diarrhea, vomiting, decreased number of wet diapers, dry mouth, and lethargic behavior) call us right away.
- Fever: Call us immediately if your newborn’s temperature rises above 100.4 degrees F (38 degrees C)
If you are in need of newborn medical care for your child, contact our office at 619-583-6133 to schedule your next appointment with us.