Newborn Care

Exams and checkups for newborns, or newborn care exams, will be regularly conducted, particularly during the first two years. The first exam will take place usually within 2 to 3 days after birth. Comprehensive, physical exams are critical times when discussions can take place between the nurse practitioner and the parents. The PNP will also provide information about normal growth, nutrition, sleep, safety, illnesses, and other important health care facts.

During the first couple of weeks after birth, some issues can occur. These are typically normal and the PNP can help parents deal with them. The PNP will also help parents understand what to expect with a newborn and how to look for any indications of problems or greater issues. Our PNPs will educate parents on:

  • Colic
  • Teething
  • Skin Issues
  • Jaundice
  • Urination
  • Bowel Movements
  • Care of the Umbilicus
  • Spitting Up/Vomiting

The Importance of Immunizations for Your Child’s Health

Immunizations, also called vaccinations or shots, are crucial when working to safeguard an infant’s health. Immunizations can stop more than a dozen dangerous, and potentially fatal, diseases from affecting children. Newborns are especially susceptible to infections. This is why it is imperative to protect them with immunizations. Immunizations can also help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and shelter infants and toddlers from dangerous medical issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offer a comprehensive list of preventable diseases which children should be vaccinated against. The CDC also publishes a schedule of the necessary immunizations suggested for infants. These recommendations are approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians, and of course the CDC. The CDC also provides a vaccination schedule which can be personalized for each child. For more information about immunizations, or general newborn care and treatment, contact the office.