What is newborn care?
Congratulations on the birth of your baby! We are thrilled to be a part of your baby's medical team at Health Services of North Texas (HSNT). We offer newborn care at our Denton, Plano, and Wylie, TX health centers and would love to be a part of your child's health journey.
At our HSNT Plano, Denton and Wylie health centers, our goal is to provide your growing baby with services dedicated to their development and overall wellness. You may have questions and concerns regarding your baby's growth, daily activities, sleeping patterns, bowel movements, skin irritations, medications that are safe to give an infant when they are sick and much more. Our caring pediatrics and pediatric nurse practitioners are here to help. You can reach out to us at our HSNT Plano, Denton, or Wylie Children's Medical Clinic to learn more about our newborn care services as you need them.
What Are The Benefits Of Newborn Care?
Newborn care at Health Services of North Texas offers a wide range of benefits to you and your new bundle of joy, including:
- Helping to ensure your baby is healthy
- Setting baseline health markers (weight, height, vitals, etc.)
- Providing early identification of possible health issues
- Minimizing the risk of illness
- Promoting healthy growth and development
- Offering health education and guidance
Newborn Care Reviews
What to expect at your visit
At your newborn care visits at HSNT Plano, Denton or Wylie Children's Medical Clinic, we will check your baby's:
- Weight and length
- Vital signs
- Common newborn illnesses (jaundice, cradle cap, diaper rash, and feeding issues)
- Overall wellness
- Answer questions you may have about your newborn's development
The first visit after being released from the hospital can also serve as an extension of services provided to your baby, such as a jaundice check, a review of feeding issues, or additional testing or assessments (if needed). We are happy to go over any questions or concerns you may have about the health and wellness of your baby at these visits.
By keeping up with your newborn care visits for your baby, we can track his or her growth and development regularly. These appointments also start building positive memories and strong relationships with a trusted medical provider early in your baby's life.
Calling the doctor between visits
There are certain medical issues that may come up in between newborn care visits that should not be ignored or postponed until the next wellness visit for your baby. Please call and make an appointment at one of our pediatric offices if your baby:
- Is not gaining weight
- Has breathing issues
- Is not sleeping
- Is excessively crying
- Is vomiting or spitting up with force regularly
- Has a change in the color of the spit-up
- Has bloody stools
- May be dehydrated (not urinating as often)
If your baby is experiencing a medical emergency, please seek medical attention immediately.
Newborn Care FAQ
When does your child need its first vaccinations?
According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), your baby should get its first round of vaccinations around 1 – 2 months. During your consultation, we can help you set up a vaccination schedule for your child to ensure they get all the vaccinations they need at the right time.
What is the best way to treat diaper rash?
Keeping your baby’s skin as dry as possible is often the best treatment for diaper rash. For persistent diaper rash, your pediatric provider may prescribe a mild steroid or antifungal cream or possibly a topical or oral antibiotic for a bacterial infection.
When does a newborn have its first doctor visit?
Typically, the first well-baby visit is around 2 – 3 days after your baby comes home from the hospital when they’re about 4 – 5 days old. The second visit is usually around 1 – 2 months old.
Off to a great start with newborn care
We want to help you get your baby's health and wellness off to a great start at HSNT. HSNT gladly accepts Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, most major medical insurance plans, and offer a sliding fee scale. Our pediatric providers and medical team members are passionate about keeping our patients healthy and happy, even our littlest patients! Schedule your newborn care appointment in our Plano, Denton or Wylie health centers today.
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