Caring for a newborn baby can be an overwhelming and intimidating experience for first-time parents. Before your baby arrives, it is important to have a pediatrician in place who you trust and feel comfortable with and who can help guide you through your child’s first few months.

Newborn Care Questions for a Pediatrician

Pediatricians are a great resource for parents with newborns. They can provide valuable advice to help you care for your new baby and ensure their health and well-being. However, it can be difficult to know what questions to ask when chatting with your pediatrician. Here are some important questions that you should consider asking at your first postnatal visit.

How Many Hours a Day Should my Baby Sleep?

Your baby’s sleep patterns will vary depending on their age. Generally, newborns sleep for about 16-17 hours a day, most of this time occurring at night. As your baby grows older, they will establish more regular sleeping patterns. Your pediatrician can provide you with an estimate of how many hours your baby should be sleeping on average.

How Can I Tell if My Baby is Eating Enough?

It is crucial to make sure your baby is getting enough nutrition. Your pediatrician can help you monitor this by weighing your baby and assessing the rate of weight gain. They can also advise about other signs that indicate whether your baby is eating enough, such as how many wet diapers they have per day and checking for jaundice if necessary.

Why is my Newborn Not Latching?

It is common for newborns to struggle with latching at first. This can be due to a number of factors, such as difficulty finding the nipple or an immature suck reflex. Your pediatrician can assess whether the issue is physical or behavioral and offer advice on how to improve latching. In addition, lactation consultants can provide specific services to assist with effective breastfeeding.

How Do I Know if My Baby Has a Lactose Sensitivity?

If your baby is showing symptoms such as a lot of gas, vomiting after eating, or skin rashes that could be related to their diet, your pediatrician can help determine if there are any food allergies or lactose intolerance. They may suggest tests such as an elimination diet, which consists of removing certain foods from the baby’s diet for a few weeks and seeing if the symptoms improve.

How Often Do Newborns See the Doctor?

In the first year of life, your baby should have regular check-ups with its pediatrician to monitor their growth and development. Generally speaking, newborns will see the doctor at least 8 times in their first year of life. These appointments are important for ensuring that your baby is healthy and developing normally.

What is the Vaccine Schedule for Newborns?

The vaccine schedule for newborns is different in each country, so it’s important to check with your pediatrician what the recommended schedule is in your area. Generally speaking, most vaccines are given during the first year of life and some may be combined into one dose. Your pediatrician can help you understand more about each vaccine and discuss any potential risks.

What If My Baby Has a Fever?

Fever in newborns can be caused by any number of factors from infection to teething. Your pediatrician will help you evaluate and determine the cause, as well as advise on how best to care for your baby and when it is appropriate to administer medication. They may also suggest further tests if needed.

What Signs Should I Look Out for That Might Indicate a Health Problem?

It’s important to be aware of any signs or symptoms that could indicate your baby is unwell; these include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, irritability, and a lack of appetite. If you notice any of these signs, contact your pediatrician right away as they may require immediate medical attention. Your pediatrician will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

When Do You Take a Newborn to the Pediatrician?

It is recommended that you take your newborn to the pediatrician within 24-48 hours after they are born, or as soon as possible. This will give your pediatrician the opportunity to assess your baby’s health and provide advice on how best to care for them. It is also important to keep up with regular check-ups in the first year of life so that your pediatrician can monitor your baby’s growth and development.

Pediatric Newborn Services at Parker Pediatrics

At Parker Pediatrics, we provide a comprehensive range of services to meet the needs of newborns. From well-visits and routine vaccine schedules to nutrition counseling, lactation support, and more. Our team of experienced pediatricians is dedicated to providing quality care for your baby from birth through their first year of life. We look forward to helping you provide the best possible care for your newborn. Contact us today to find out more about our pediatric services for newborns and to schedule an appointment.