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What to Expect at Your Newborn's First Visit

What to Expect at Your Newborn's First Visit

If you’ve just had a baby, as a parent, you’re probably trying to do everything right — starting with making that first appointment for your newborn. We’re here to help and walk with you every step of the way.

Having a newborn can be one of the most joyful experiences in your life, but it can also be overwhelming. We understand, and we want you to know you can trust our team at Northeast Pediatric Associates PA to give your child the best newborn care possible. 

After the birth of your child, expect to bring them in to see us when they’re only three to five days old. It might seem early for a doctor’s appointment, but monitoring their health their first week of life is crucial.

What to expect for the child

At your baby’s first appointment, several services are involved, including:

Measurements

We first measure their weight, length, and head circumference. This gives us a foundation for where they start, so we can effectively chart their growth and development with each visit.

Don’t be alarmed if your baby’s weight drops between the moment of birth and this first appointment. It’s normal for them to lose a few ounces in the first days after being born.

Screenings

Though screenings are typically done right at birth, we may repeat them or offer the ones that haven’t been done yet.

Vital signs

We also listen to your baby’s heart, feel their pulse, look at their eyes, check to see how their umbilical cord is healing, and make sure their hips work properly.

Immunizations

Immunizations support your child’s health by keeping them protected from illnesses that could harm them. We have a recommended schedule that we follow to help you know what to expect.

You should find comfort knowing that you’re with your baby throughout the entire exam. We understand how important it is for your newborn to feel close to you and for you to feel close to them, as well.

What to expect for the parent

Your baby’s first appointment is just as much for you as it is for them. It’s a time for you to ask questions and get advice from our professional medical team. We can discuss topics, such as:

We can also advise you on other ways to help your child, including:

Routine care

We can teach you about proper hygiene, how to care for your newborn’s umbilical cord, what type of soaps and lotions to use, and how to know if they have colic.

If you have a baby boy that was circumcised, we discuss ways for you to keep the area clean and moisturized for a complete, successful healing.

Safety precautions

As a parent, it’s important to keep your child safe and protected. Our tips include:

You also should never shake your baby, even in a playful manner. It can cause your child to have bleeding in the brain and can have severe consequences.

If you’re expecting a child and have questions, or if you’re ready to schedule your newborn’s first appointment, we’re here for you. Call our friendly office staff, or click the “request appointment” online today at any of our locations in San Antonio, Northcentral San Antonio, Schertz, or Castroville, Texas.

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