Staying on top of your baby’s health care is crucial from the minute they’re born. The first few days of their life play a key role in their growth and development.
Newborn care refers to the medical checks and tests done in the first few days of your child’s life. Neglecting newborn care can lead to developmental problems and other health care issues.
Get the best care for your newborn at Garland Pediatric Practice in Garland, Mesquite, and Sunnyvale, Texas. Dr. Phani Bodavula is a board-certified pediatrician with more than 15 years of experience providing quality health care for newborns and children.
Learn more about what to expect from newborn care and why it’s crucial for your baby.
Newborn care begins from the minute your baby is born. Your doctor or nurse cleans your baby up and removes any mucus from their nose, throat, and mouth. Next, they cut the umbilical cord before giving the baby to the mother for skin-to-skin contact.
In the first 24 hours, Dr. Bodavula will carry out your newborn’s first physical exam. During this exam, they’ll be screened for signs of any conditions or disorders.
If screening reveals any medical conditions or developmental disorders, early diagnosis ensures they can be treated appropriately and any symptoms managed to give your child the opportunity to live a fully functioning life.
Dr. Bodavula takes your baby through a number of routine tests and checks during their first couple of office visits. These typically include:
These visits are also a good time to ask any questions you need answered.
Suppose your baby sails through newborn care with no flags raised — congratulations! There’s no greater joy than having a healthy child. However, it’s crucial to remain vigilant about child care.
If you observe a fever, blocked tear ducts, or a runny nose making breathing or feeding challenging, contact Dr. Bodavula as soon as possible. Vomiting and diarrhea are also signs that something may be wrong.
Schedule an appointment today to get your baby set up for regular health care check-ins. You can make an appointment online, or call 972-544-5214. Dr. Bodavula and his team are fully equipped to care for your child’s needs.