Within a week of taking your baby home, your pediatrician will want to schedule an examination to ensure your baby is thriving. We know it's hard to bundle up your baby, gather everything and get out of the house. But this first visit is important for a range of reasons.
Here are topics you can expect to discuss at the appointment:
- 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: Any difficulties the mother and/or baby may be encountering.
- EVALUATION FOR JAUNDICE: This yellowing of the skin can be made worse if your baby isn’t getting enough milk.
- HICCUPS, SNEEZING, RASH AND WATERY STOOL: Don't worry, this is normal right now.
- INTRODUCING SOLIDS: While it’s too early to feed your baby solids, you can begin talking about it.
- BABY BLUES OR DEPRESSION: if you’re worried about how you’re feeling or reacting to your baby, discuss this with your doctor. You’re not alone. Help is available by calling Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition, an organization for new moms and young families funded by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County.
If you're looking for help in other ways, you also can call HomeSafe, a program funded by Children's Services Council that helps families with young children, at 561-383-9800. You also can stop by your local BRIDGES, neighborhood sites that connect families to local resources. To find a site near you, call 561-740-7017.
- Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County
- Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Palm Beach County