The baby's first visit to the pediatrician should be scheduled when the child is 2-5 days old. After that visit, babies normally should see the pediatrician every month until they're 4 months old. Infant visits are then scheduled at 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 15 months, 18 months, 24 months (2 years), 30 months (2.5 years), and 3 years old. After age 3, well child visits are usually scheduled once a year.
In newborns, a temperature of 100.4 or higher is a fever. Once a baby reaches 3 months old, a fever is 101 or higher. Fevers can be a serious problem for newborns because they're not yet able to fight off infections as efficiently as older children. Therefore, parents should call their pediatrician at Guardian Angels Health Center right away if their newborn has a fever.
Parents should take their newborn to see the pediatrician immediately if the baby's cry is weak, if the baby never cries, if the baby is hard to wake up, if the baby is making constant grunting or moaning sounds, if the baby has a rash at the same time as a fever, and if the baby was exposed to any type of serious infection.
Pediatricians generally recommend that parents keep their newborn out of crowds until they're a minimum of 3 months old. Even when the baby's old enough to be out in crowds, parents should be vigilant about all people holding the baby having clean hands and keeping ill people away from the baby.
In the first couple days, a newborn usually loses around 7 percent of their total body weight. As long as the baby eats every couple of hours, they'll soon be back to their birth weight and beyond.
Newborns generally eat around every 2-3 hours. The baby's stomach is so small that they will usually eat just 1-3 ounces at a time.