You learn numerous routines as a new parent, many revolving around your baby’s need to nap, eat, nap, and eat some more. Of course, there are also diaper changes, cuddle time, and weekly and then monthly visits with the pediatrician. Wait — weekly doctor visits?
Other than providing an opportunity to meet you and your newest family member, newborn visits are essential to your baby’s health and well-being.
These routine visits are also perfect for asking questions about napping, feeding, tummy time, and other new parent concerns.
Read more from our team about what to expect from office visits during your baby’s first year.
Your newborn’s first office visit should occur within 3-5 days of birth. Thus, Dr. Bodavula recommends scheduling the visit shortly after delivery. After that, he recommends weekly office visits until your child is 2-3 weeks old to ensure your baby is doing well.
These newborn visits include:
Dr. Bodavula conducts a thorough physical examination during each visit, assessing your baby's length, head circumference, reflexes, heart rate, breathing, and overall appearance.
A weight and feeding assessment is also crucial during these early visits since weight gain or loss is a key indicator of overall health. Dr. Bodavula also addresses feeding habits such as timing, how much formula your baby takes, or how breastfeeding is going for you and your baby.
During newborn screenings, Dr. Bodavula monitors your baby’s reflexes, vision, hearing, and other developmental indicators. In addition, he inquires about symptoms or issues you may have noticed, such as jaundice, colic, or sleeping patterns.
At Garland Pediatric Practice, we also ensure parents have ample time to ask questions, express concerns, or simply brag about their newest family member during newborn visits.
After the newborn phase, well-child visits through the first year generally occur at one month, two months, four months, six months, and nine months.
Along with a thorough physical exam, these visits focus on:
Adhering to these guidelines helps ensure your child grows and develops as expected. That’s also important to ensure your child receives preventive vaccines as necessary.
We know childhood immunizations are sometimes a concern for parents, and we’re always happy to discuss their efficacy and safety.
The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests a well-child visit at 18 months and 30 months and then annually after that. However, your child needs immunizations in addition to these visits, e.g., DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis booster) at 15 months.
Older children and adolescents may also require sports exams or other evaluations to qualify for extracurricular activities. And, of course, we’re available to see your child for acute illnesses like the flu, medical management of chronic ailments like asthma, or anytime you have concerns.