There’s a lot to learn during your first year as a parent, especially in the first few weeks with your baby. At Caring Pediatrics in Tempe, Arizona, experienced pediatrician Rahul Bhatia, MD, MPH, FAAP, FCCM, and his team provide excellent in-depth newborn care, as well as regular visits throughout your child’s first year of life and beyond. Call the office today to set up a visit for your newborn, or use the easy online booking tool.
Newborn care includes the visits and home care your child needs shortly after birth.
You’ll begin newborn care with your baby’s first visit to Caring Pediatrics, during which the team performs a physical exam and observes your baby’s behavior. They record measurements like height and weight to make sure your baby doesn’t show signs of poor health.
Your baby’s first few weeks of life can be a confusing time, and you’ll probably have several questions about your child’s health and the care they need at home. The Caring Pediatrics team is happy to answer all of your questions in detail and give you the advice you need.
Starting with your first visit for your newborn at Caring Pediatrics, your pediatrician covers a number of topics.
During your baby’s first few diaper changes after birth, their stool appears black. This is called meconium, and it quickly changes as your baby begins to eat more.
Stool that’s dark green or yellow is normal after the first few days, but you should let your pediatrician know if you see other colors like red or white.
For your baby’s first six months, all they need for nutrition is either breastmilk or formula. If you choose to breastfeed your child, they’ll feed more regularly than they would with formula.
As long as you clean your baby’s diaper area thoroughly with each change, you don’t need to bathe them every day. Instead, you can sponge bathe them as needed to avoid drying out their delicate skin.
Sleep patterns vary among newborns, but they typically sleep for about 16-17 hours a day. However, they tend to sleep in small increments.
You can expect your baby’s sleep patterns to normalize around six months. You should also make sure your newborn sleeps on their back instead of their stomach or side.
By the time your newborn is eight weeks old, the remnants of the umbilical cord should dry out and fall off. Until then, you should keep the area clean and dry.
Make sure to fit the diapers below the umbilical cord stump to avoid irritating it. You should also call Caring Pediatrics if you notice any bleeding or oozing in the area.
Your newborn’s first year of visits, outside of sick visits, helps you and your pediatrician track their development. In the first year, you should make appointments at:
Caring Pediatrics might recommend more regular visits in some circumstances. You can always book additional appointments if you have any concerns about your baby’s health or growth.
Schedule an appointment for newborn care with online booking, or call Caring Pediatrics today for your baby’s next visit.