Newborn Care

Newborn Care
When most parents — especially first-time parents — bring their newborn home from the hospital, they’d like all the help and expert advice they can get. Luckily, by the time you’re holding your newborn in your arms, you’ve already chosen a pediatrician who will treat your new addition like a member of the family. At Discover Health in the North Beach neighborhood of San Francisco, pediatricians Dr. Oded Herbsman and Dr. Jon-Michael Castelli know that when you have a new baby, no issue is a small one. Just pick up the phone and call. Dr. Herbsman and Dr. Castelli provide comprehensive newborn wellness visits, including weight and length checks, comprehensive physical exams, and even lactation and feeding support. To schedule your appointment, call or book online today.

Newborn Care Q & A

When should my newborn receive follow-up care?

The pediatricians at Discover Health routinely work with local hospital staff to take care of your newborn in the hospital starting from the moment they are born. Initially, your baby will be evaluated by hospital staff, and this will include:

  • Weight, length, and head circumference measurements
  • Temperature, respiration, and heart rate measurements
  • Skin color and physical movement assessment
  • Eye drops to prevent infection
  • A vitamin K shot to prevent bleeding
  • Blood screening tests, taken from a prick in the heel

Most of the time, the pediatricians at Discover Health will be the managing physicians during your hospital stay, and will see you and your baby every day until you are discharged home. We will be reviewing detailed information on feeding, dressing, bathing, and providing a safe sleep environment for your baby, among many other things. After discharge, depending on a number of factors such as feeding, jaundice, and weight gain, you will be seen 1-2 days after discharge, and then again when the baby is one week old, and again at two weeks old.  

What does newborn follow-up care entail?

Your newborn’s first wellness visit is as much about making sure you have enough support at home and are recovering well as it is about assessing how your baby’s doing in the first few days after birth.

During your newborn follow-up care visit, Dr. Herbsman or Dr. Castelli will evaluate your baby’s health in a variety of ways, including:

  • A complete physical examination
  • Measurement of weight, length, and head circumference
  • Observation of vision, hearing, and reflexes
  • Evaluation of jaundice, with the ability to measure the jaundice level with a skin meter in the office or your own home.

You can expect to talk about how things are going with your newborn, how you’re feeling, and how well your baby is sleeping and feeding. If you have any questions or concerns about nursing or the formula you’re using, or about how to create a safe sleeping environment, this is an ideal time to seek advice.

If the results of the screening tests are available, you’ll be able to discuss those as well.

Will my newborn receive any vaccinations?

While newborns usually receive their first vaccination against hepatitis B in the hospital within 24 hours of birth, they won’t get their next one until 1-2 months later.

That’s why it’s important to make sure all the members of your family are up to date on their vaccinations, and that anyone who handles your newborn practices good hygiene habits, including frequent hand-washing.

To make a newborn care appointment for your baby, call Discover Health or book online today.

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