FAQs About Newborn Care

FAQs About Newborn Care

Having a newborn is an exciting time, and a busy time. If you are new to parenting, you probably have some questions about newborn care. Your pediatrician has the answers and the expertise to help you.

What You Need To Know About Newborn Care

These are just a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers about newborn care:

When should the first newborn care visit happen?

The first newborn care visit with the pediatrician happens early, usually within 2 to 5 days of birth. This visit can happen while you are both still in the hospital.

What about feeding my newborn?

Newborn babies will want to feed every 2 to 3 hours if you are breastfeeding. Formula fed newborns will want to feed every 3 to 4 hours.

What about the sleeping habits of my newborn?

For the first few weeks, your newborn will want to sleep at least 16 hours a day. Remember to place your baby on his or her back to sleep. This helps your baby breathe more easily. You should try to sleep when your baby sleeps, so you are rested and refreshed when you care for your baby.

What about diaper changes?

Your baby’s stool will be black at first, and then change to dark green, and then to yellow. If the stool is red, you should visit the pediatrician, because it could be a sign of blood in the stool.

What about bathing my baby?

Always use only mild soap and lukewarm water, and don’t bathe your baby too often because it will dry out your baby’s skin. Be sure and clean the folds of skin carefully, because it’s a common place for bacteria to hide.

Want To Know More?

Your pediatrician is an expert at children’s medical care, including newborn care. To find out more facts about newborn care and what to expect, call your pediatrician today.

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* Please note: It is our policy that we do not approve referral requests for visits to outside urgent care centers during times that our office is open.

We are open for urgent visits only on most Holidays. However, our office is closed on the following holidays:

- New Year's Day
- Easter Sunday
- Memorial Day
- July 4th
- Labor Day
- Thanksgiving Day
- Christmas Day

For urgent concerns, you can always reach an on-call provider, even when our office is closed.