Having a baby is both exciting and stressful. An infant’s immune system is still developing, and there are many rapid changes that need to be monitored during their first year of life.
Our providers at Pediatric Practitioners of Oklahoma in Claremore, Oklahoma, offer support to parents and their babies. Read on to learn what’s included in newborn care and how we can help your child stay happy and healthy.
During your baby’s first year of life, you’ll see your provider a number of times. While the schedule you have will be specific to the needs of your baby, you can expect to bring your baby to the office about 3-5 days after birth and about six times before their first birthday.
Your provider will measure your baby’s weight and length and perform a physical examination. The physical examination may include testing their reflexes, examining their skin, assessing their vital organs, and feeling their abdomen.
Your provider will also ask you about your baby’s routine, sleep schedule, and eating habits, as well as how often you change their diaper. Furthermore, your provider will discuss vaccinations your child should have during their first year of life to make sure they stay healthy.
In addition, you’ll be able to ask any questions you may have about bathing your child, car seat safety, nutrition, and more.
One of the reasons you’ll see your provider so often during your baby’s first year is so your provider can make sure your baby is reaching their milestones. That way, if your child doesn’t reach a milestone, your provider can monitor the situation.
Therefore, It’s important for you to know what those milestones are. Here’s a look at them:
By this time, you can expect your baby to smile when you communicate with them.
By this time, your baby should be sensitive to the sound of your voice. They should be able to turn their head to follow your voice. They should also be able to play with toys and bring their hands to their mouth.
By this time, most babies are curious about their reflection in the mirror. They should have the ability to recognize their caregivers and other people close to them. They should also be able to show interest in toys and other objects and be able to roll over onto their stomach.
By this time, most babies are able to recognize their names, say their first words, and sit without support.
Pay close attention to these milestones. If you don’t think your baby is reaching one or more of them, make sure to tell your provider.
The best way to prevent complications and ensure your baby grows strong and healthy is to have a team of experts by your side. That’s where we come in. We can track your baby’s progress, take action when needed, and give you the guidance you need.
To learn more about newborn care, call 918-626-1186 or book an appointment online with Pediatric Practitioners of Oklahoma today.