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Worried about your baby's first doctor's visit? Here's what to expect.

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Within the first week of taking your baby home, your pediatrician will want to examine him or her to make sure your baby is thriving. We know it's hard to bundle your baby up, gather everything you need, and get out of the house. But this first visit is important for a number of reasons.

Here are some topics you can expect talk about at the appointment with your baby's doctor:

  • Safe sleeping habits: Babies should always be laid to sleep on their back, in a crib or bassinet, and in a smoke-free environment.For more about safe sleeping, click here.
  • Breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding: Any difficulties the mother and/or baby are having should be discussed.
  • Evaluation for jaundice (a yellowing of the skin): This can be made worse if baby isn’t getting enough milk.
  • Hiccups, sneezing, rash and watery stool: all normal during this time period.
  • Introducing solids: while it’s still too early to offer solids to your baby, you can begin to talk about it with your doctor.
  • Baby blues or depression: if you’re worried about how you’re feeling or reacting to your baby, please discuss this with your doctor. You’re not alone. Help is available by calling Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, an organization for new moms and young families funded by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.
  • Other needs: If you're looking for help in other ways, you can also call Home Safe, a program funded by Children's Services Council that helps families with young children, at 561-383-9871. You can also stop by your local BRIDGES, neighborhood sites that connect families to local resources. To find a site near you, call 561-740-7017.
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