Simon Hopes
by on February 26, 2021

The newborn period is one of the most vulnerable stages of human life. Therefore, infants require comprehensive medical care to ensure that they are growing and developing as they should. Carrie Jones, MD is specialized in Argyle newborn care and monitoring, including vaccinations and nutritional counseling.

Neonatal Care at Birth

Argyle Pediatrics offers newborn infant assessment and immediate care.

Your care providers will immediately dry your newborn after birth and place him/her on your abdomen or chest for skin to skin contact.

After a thorough clinical evaluation of your baby's state of breathing, gestational age, tone, and reactivity, your doctor will clamp your baby's umbilical cord and perform routine mouth and nose suctioning. Afterward, the doctor will cover the mother and baby with a pre-warmed blanket.

Neonatal care involves additional newborn education. Dr. Jones will demonstrate how to wash the infant, help you with initial breastfeeding, and discuss typical newborn home care routines, including sleeping and eating habits.

General Newborn Infant Care

You must have a primary care provider to monitor your baby's health during your regular newborn visits.

Newborn care visits involve height, weight, length, and head circumference assessment.

A thorough newborn assessment involves evaluating and screening the ears, eyes, and reflexes. At Argyle Pediatrics, Dr. Jones will also check for abnormalities or any clinical concerns.

Your doctor may discharge you and your newborn 48 hours or less after delivery if your baby is healthy and a full-term newborn born via vaginal delivery. Late or preterm newborns usually require more extended hospitalization.

Monitoring and Follow-up

Your health care provider will schedule post-natal continuing care visits depending on your baby’s health status during the first week of life. Dr. Jones usually assesses health conditions such as excessive weight loss due to hydration problems, jaundice, sepsis, feeding difficulties, and severe congenital malformations that became symptomatic during the first weeks of life.

The first follow-up visit typically occurs within 48 to 72 hours after discharge, or after 3-5 days. Your doctor will complete routine newborn screening tests during the visit, including congenital malformations, blood, bilirubin, and hearing evaluation. Your doctor will also administer the hepatitis B vaccine if not given at birth.

The 1 month visit, usually the second visit, encompasses a routine health assessment. Your doctor will also respond to any parental concerns you may have and offer encouragement, support, and practical newborn guidance, including growth, nutrition, and sleep patterns.

The baby should be able to hold his/her head upright for short periods. Your doctor will evaluate his height, weight, length, and head circumference to ensure that they increase along the predicted growth curve.

The next visit should be at four months of age. Your baby should be developing critical social and motor abilities. Our doctor will provide a formal development assessment to evaluate infants delaying in achieving these skills.

Postnatal Immunization

Your doctor will administer the hepatitis B vaccine in the hospital following your baby's birth. Other vaccinations in the early months of life include:

  • DTap: Prevents Tetanus and Pertussis
  • HIB: Prevents Haemophilus Influenzae Type B
  • IPV: Prevents polio

You must be keen to notice danger signs for the newborn, for example, fever, difficulty feeding, irritated umbilical cord, ulcers, or thrush and seek emergency medical care immediately. Contact Argyle Pediatrics to schedule your appointment for the best newborn care.

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