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What's Included in Newborn Care?

What's Included in Newborn Care?

Every year in the United States, more than 3.5 million babies are born, and every one of them needs specialized medical care to thrive and grow. Newborn care is a specialty area of pediatrics that focuses specifically on the unique needs of babies during the first year of life.

As a leading pediatrics practice in Clifton, New Jersey, Fayrouz Pediatrics offers comprehensive newborn care aimed at supporting healthy growth and development. If you’re planning to add to your family, you’re expecting a baby, or you’ve recently given birth, here’s what Hisham Gadalla, MD and his team want you to know about the importance of newborn care.

Newborn care: The basics

Newborn care visits begin with a review of your child’s health and habits, along with any concerns you may have. Your provider will ask lots of questions about sleeping and eating habits, your child’s physical activity, their behavior, and other changes you may have noticed.

Next, your provider performs a physical exam using age-appropriate evaluations and screenings to gauge your child’s development against established milestones. Depending on your child’s age, that could include things like when your child rolls over, crawls, smiles, and sleeps through the night, among other accomplishments.

The exam also typically includes:

Many visits also include vaccinations based on established recommendations for their age. Your provider offers tips and guidance about your child’s environment, hygiene, sleep patterns, eating routines, and other topics that can help improve your child’s wellness and their overall quality of life.

Regular visits are key

For adults, annual physicals are a great way to maintain optimal health. But newborns need to be seen far more regularly during that first year of life. That’s because these first 12 months are a period of very rapid growth and development, and frequent visits allow your provider to closely track your child and identify potential issues in their earliest stages.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that, during the first year of life, newborns have pediatrician visits at 3-5 days of age, then again at one month, two months, four months, six months, nine months, and one year of age. At each visit, your provider performs specific tests and evaluations to monitor your child’s development, in addition to providing care and guidance based on your child’s age and needs.

Give your newborn a healthy head start

Making sure your child sees their pediatrician on a regular, recommended basis is one of the best gifts you can give to your child. The medical care they receive now can set the stage for a lifetime of better health.

To learn more about the newborn care options our team offers or to schedule a visit for your newborn, call 973-834-5539 or book an appointment online with Fayrouz Pediatrics today.

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