Date Of Visit:____________________
Things the doctor will do at today's visit:
- Ask how things are going with your new baby.
- Examine your baby.
- Check the results of your baby's newborn screening blood test.
- Recommend an immunization for your baby: Hepatitis B.
- Give you an opportunity to ask questions.
Things you may want to discuss at this visit:
- Your baby's personality.
- Your baby's fussy periods; how to comfort your baby.
- Questions or concerns about breast-feeding or bottle-feeding your baby.
- Questions about sleeping.
- Hearing tests for newborns.
- How to deal with being tired or feeling sad.
- Any other concerns you have.
Things to keep in mind:
- Always use a rear-facing car seat in the back seat until your child is 2 years old or reaches the maximum height and weight for the seat.
- Place your baby on his back to sleep.
- Make sure your baby's crib is safe.
- Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle or prop it in his mouth.
- Never leave your baby alone on changing tables, beds, sofas, chairs or other raised surfaces.
- Never shake your baby.
- Do not let anyone smoke around your baby.
- Avoid sun exposure by keeping your baby covered and in the shade when possible.
- Watch for signs of illness: fever, failure to eat, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, irritability, sleepiness, yellowing of eyes and skin (jaundice), skin rash.
- You cannot spoil a newborn. Try to comfort your baby when he cries, by holding, rocking or cuddling him.
- Encourage your partner to care for the baby.
- Accept support but not unwanted advice from family and friends.
- Rest whenever your baby is sleeping.
- Realize that you may feel tired, overwhelmed or depressed.
Schedule an appointment for your baby's next visit, usually at 1 month of age.
Based on health-supervision guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics and from Bright Futures, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under the direction of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
Last updated December 2, 2011