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Infant Well Visits: What You Should Know

Having a new baby is an exciting time for parents. The first year is all about taking care of your baby’s needs and getting to know him or her. Infants require extra visits to the pediatrician during this time to ensure that they are healthy and developing appropriately. Here are some things to know about infant doctor’s visits before your little one is born.

Schedule

Your baby will go to the pediatrician's office frequently during the first year at regular intervals to check on their development, get important immunizations, and for the doctor to answer any questions that you may have. This is in addition to sick visits when your child is ill. For well visits, our office follows the recommended visit schedule from the American Academy of Pediatrics. We’ll see you and your baby for checkups just after you get home, and at months one, two, four, six, nine, and 12.

Immunizations

Babies require immunizations to help protect them from preventable diseases. For infants, this includes vaccines against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertusiss(DTaP), Hepatitis B, Polio,  2 different bacteria that cause meningitis,as well as Rotavirus, a common stomach flu virus.. Luckily, thanks to newer combination vaccines and oral vaccines, this won’t be as many shots as it used to be. When children reach 6 months old they should all receive  the flu vaccine, as very young children have underdeveloped immune systems that are less able to cope with the influenza virus. We encourage all of our patient families to follow the American Academy of Pediatrics’ routine immunization schedule.

Know Diaper Habits

Especially in the beginning, your doctor will ask you how many wet and dirty diapers your baby has. They may also ask about the color and consistency of the stool. You can keep a written log or use an app to track your baby’s output in the first few weeks. Your child’s doctor will use this information to evaluate how your baby is developing as well as their food intake. For breastfed babies, counting diapers is a way to check on the baby’s nutrition.

Weight and Height Check

At every doctor’s appointment, your pediatrician’s staff members will weigh and measure your baby to make sure that they’re growing appropriately. It isn’t necessarily important if your infant is at the 75th or the 25th percentile for growth. Rather, doctors want to see reliable growth along an established curve to make sure your child is growing well. If they start in the 25th percentile, they should continue to grow along that line. If a child’s weight were to drop from the   90th percentile to the 10th percentile between appointments, it could indicate something’s wrong.

Keep Track of Milk Intake

Initially, it is important to keep track of how many nursing sessions or bottles your child has each day. For very young babies, it is common for them to nurse up to 12 times a day. This will drop off as your baby grows and can eat larger amounts at one time. At 4-6 months old, we will discuss starting solid foods.

 

For a trusted pediatrician, considering making an appointment at Advocare Haddon Pediatric Group. We have two convenient locations. To reach our Haddon Heights office, please call (856) 547-7300. To schedule an appointment at our Mullica Hill location, call (856) 294-5600.

Posted: 1/17/2019 8:38:15 AM by Paul Matz | with 0 comments


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