Your baby will get a first bath, and the umbilical cord stump will be cleaned.
Most hospitals and birthing centers give information to new
parents on feeding,
bathing, and other important parts of newborn care.
What Happens When the Doctor Visits?
The hospital or birth center where you deliver will notify your child's doctor
of the birth. A pediatrician or your baby's doctor will be standing by to take care
of the baby if:
ask how you're doing with the new baby and how your baby is eating and sleeping
talk about what you can expect in the coming month
discuss your home environment and how it could affect your baby (for example,
smoking in the house
can harm your baby's health in many ways)
You also might talk about the results of the screening tests done right after birth,
if they're ready. Jot down any instructions about special baby care, and bring up
your questions or concerns. Keep a medical
record for your baby that includes information about growth,
and any problems or illnesses.
What About Vaccines?
A baby is born with some natural immunity against infectious diseases. That's because
the mother's infection-preventing antibodies are passed through the umbilical cord.
This immunity is temporary. But babies will develop their own immunity against many
infectious diseases. For instance, breastfed
babies get antibodies and enzymes in breast milk that help protect them from some
infections and even some allergic conditions.
Call your doctor if you have concerns about your newborn. These problems can be
common during this first month:
One or both tear
ducts can get blocked and cause eye problems. Normally the ducts open on their
own before too long, usually by the baby's first birthday. But sometimes they stay
clogged, which can cause tearing and eye discharge. Call your doctor if you suspect
an eye infection.
Fever in a newborn (rectal
temperature above 100.4°F or 38°C) should be reported to your doctor right
A runny nose can make it hard for a baby to breathe well, especially during feeding.
You can help ease discomfort by using a rubber bulb aspirator to gently suction mucus
from the nose. Call your doctor if you have concerns about your baby's breathing.
It's normal for newborns to have loose stools (poop) or to spit up after feedings.
But very loose and watery stools and forceful vomiting could mean there is a problem.
Call your doctor if your baby: