If you’ve just had a baby, newborn care ensures your child remains healthy and happy. At Fayrouz Pediatrics, with two convenient locations in Paterson and Clifton, New Jersey, board-certified pediatrician Hisham Gadalla, MD, and his caring team offer a variety of newborn care services, including well-child exams, sick visits, and immunizations. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or book online today.
Newborn care is a branch of pediatrics focused on early childhood development. The first two months of your child’s life are some of the most important. Participating in newborn care is one of the easiest ways to ensure your child stays healthy and achieves their developmental milestones.
Additionally, newborn care provides important education and advice that you can use to improve your newborn’s diet, sleep patterns, behavior, and overall quality of life.
At Fayrouz Pediatrics, the team provides a variety of newborn care services, including:
After you give birth, it’s important to schedule a well-child exam at Fayrouz Pediatrics. During this appointment, your child’s pediatrician conducts a complete physical exam and measures your child’s weight, length, and head circumference. They’ll also ask about your child’s eating and sleeping habits.
Your provider tells you what to expect in the coming months and asks you questions about your home environment and lifestyle. For example, if you or your partner smokes, share this information with your provider. Smoking inside can harm your child’s health in a variety of ways.
Vaccinations are one of the easiest ways to protect your child from infectious diseases like chickenpox, the seasonal flu, and measles. Vaccinations expose your child’s immune system to small doses of viruses or bacteria. This exposure “teaches” their immune system to create antibodies.
Newborns require several vaccinations, including hepatitis B, rotavirus, and diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP).
During a sick visit, your newborn’s pediatrician diagnoses and treats various types of illness. Because a newborn’s immune system is still developing, they’re at greater risk of respiratory infections, stomach bugs, and viruses.
If your newborn develops a fever of 100.4℉ or higher, it’s important to schedule a sick visit right away. Prompt medical treatment can prevent serious complications.
No two newborns are exactly alike, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends all babies visit the doctor several times during their first year of life.
The team at Fayrouz Pediatrics usually recommends scheduling a newborn care appointment at 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 9 months, and 1 year. Although this might seem like a lot, it’s absolutely necessary. Newborns grow rapidly and regular appointments can detect and treat potential problems early on.
If you’ve just had a baby, schedule a newborn care appointment at Fayrouz Pediatrics by phone or online today.