Bringing home your new baby is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Newborn care visits ensure your little one is healthy and are among the services available from the team at Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri in Joplin, Missouri. When you’re ready to book a visit, online scheduling is fast and easy, or you can always call during regular business hours to find a time that fits your schedule.
During the first couple of years, you’ll bring your little one in to see their pediatrician many times. Newborn care visits are an essential part of preventive health and include developmental screenings.
Extensive research shows that societies where newborn care is readily available experience lower rates of disease and other early childhood problems than those where it isn’t easy to find newborn care services. These visits are also beneficial to parents and provide access to guidance and support.
The initial portion of the visit focuses on gathering basic information about your baby’s length, weight, heart rate, and breathing function. A basic check of reflexes and skin condition is also part of the exam.
If your baby is due for one or more vaccines, the team administers those shots during newborn care visits. While no one enjoys having a shot, most babies are soothed easily after having vaccines.
There is also time built into newborn care visits for any questions or concerns you might have. Some of the topics parents bring up during newborn care visits include:
Feel free to broach any subject you like during your baby’s newborn care visits. Your practitioner is here to help your little one thrive and help your family adjust to the newest addition.
If your baby seems ill or you sense something isn’t right, call the office immediately to schedule a sick visit. Your baby’s practitioner will work to determine the source of symptoms and get your child on a fast track toward relief.
No concern is too small for parents to contact the pediatric care team. The staff at Pediatric Associates of Southwest Missouri is here to help and will gladly address any concerns you have promptly.
Call the office at your earliest convenience to schedule a newborn care visit or book online. You’ll learn when to book the next appointment at the end of your visit, which you can always reschedule if needed.