Most babies will be seen 2-3 days after hospital discharge, unless, of course, they need our attention before then. For your convenience, please call our office for an appointment on the day of your hospital discharge.
This checkup is probably the most important medical visit for your baby during the first year of life. By 2 weeks of age your baby will usually have developed symptoms of any physical condition that were not detectable during the hospital stay. At that time, we will be able to judge how well your baby is growing from his height, weight and head circumference. This is also the time your family is under the most stress of adapting to a new baby. Try to develop a habit of jotting down questions about your child's health or behavior at home. Bring this list with you to office visits to discuss with us.
We welcome the opportunity to meet the father at the first few "well baby" visits, rather than during the "crisis" of an acute illness.
Immunizations will be started at the first checkup. Please refer to the vaccine information section for the latest recommendations for childhood immunization.