Congratulations! Your bundle of joy has finally arrived, everything went well and the family is home. Life is already getting busy for the newborn, because your baby’s first pediatrician visit at Pediatric Partners will be within a week. The thought of taking your newborn to the doctor so soon can be anxiety-inducing, but there is no need to worry. Here’s what you need to know about your first appointment at the children’s pediatric center:
Your pediatrician will document your baby’s first stats in an infant growth chart, which will be kept for future visits. Your pediatrician will check the umbilical stump to make sure it is healing well. If your son had a circumcision, that will be examined, too.
Even a few days after birth, your baby is growing, changing and learning. At your baby’s first pediatrician visit, your doctor will check certain movements and reflexes. Each baby is beautifully different, and each baby develops at his or her own pace. Your doctor will be able to identify whether there is any cause for concern.
No immunizations are required during this well visit, so baby’s first trip to the children’s pediatric center is usually injection-free. Babies and parents are always relieved to hear that!
Whether you are a new parent or this is your fourth baby, you’ll have questions. Now is the time to get some answers. You will have your own questions, but here are some common ones:
- Am I feeding my baby enough?
- How do I bathe him safely? How often?
- How do I make sure she has a safe sleeping environment?
- How do I trim those tiny nails? (Full-term babies often are born with long nails.)
Pediatric Partners children’s pediatric center would be happy to be your choice for your baby’s first pediatrician visit. Our staff of pediatricians and specialists provide expert, compassionate care for newborns, teens and everyone in between.
We now have three locations to better serve our patients. The Evans office is located at 411 Town Park Blvd., the downtown Augusta office is located at 1303 D’Antignac Street, Suite 2600, and the new Grovetown office is located at 5135 Wrightsboro Road. For more information about Pediatric Partners, please feel free to call the office at 706-854-2500, visit pedpartners.com, or follow the Pediatric Partners of Augusta Facebook page.