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Infant and Newborn Care

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Caring for Your Newborn

We understand that babies don’t come with how-to manuals, that’s why we’re here to ensure that you receive all the knowledge you could possibly want while caring for all of your little one’s needs.

We also understand that selecting the right pediatrician is an important decision for families, so we offer a team of caring and compassionate providers who believe in working together with families towards the health and development of their children. Whether this is your first baby or you’re a seasoned mom, knowledge and recommendations are constantly getting updated, and it's our job to keep you informed.

First Few Visits

Take a look below at some of the expectations for your newborn's visits.

3-5 Days Visit

2 Week Visit

1 Month Visit

2 Month Visit

3-5 Days

Congratulations! Your baby is finally here. Newborns are wonderful, but exhausting! Having friends or family around to provide extra help and support can be very helpful. Make sure all visitors wash their hands well. Your baby’s first visit to our office takes place during his or her first week of life, usually 1-2 days after you are discharged from the hospital.

We do a lot at this visit, including:
•  Check your baby’s weight.Monitor for signs of jaundice.
•  Check to see how your baby is feeding.Answer questions about your new baby.
•  Immunizations: HepB#1 (if not given in hospital)
•  Tests/Screens/Assessments: Follow-up on Newborn Metabolic Screen done in hospital

Immunizations: HepB#1 (if not given in hospital)
Tests/Screens/Assessments: Follow-up on Newborn Metabolic Screen done in hospital

2 Weeks

The 2 Week Visit (sooner if you have concerns!) is a time to talk about how your family is acclimating to the newest addition. Feeding, bowel habits and sleeping are common topics. If you are breastfeeding, you will have the opportunity to meet with one of our Lactation Consultants for personalized breastfeeding assistance. Babies usually lose weight right after birth.

By 2 weeks of age, your baby will likely have regained his or her birth weight. Please remember that it is important to always put your baby to sleep on his or her back in a flat, firm and separate sleep space to reduce the risk of SIDS. As always, we are here to answer questions and offer anticipatory guidance.

We do a lot at this visit, including:
•  Measure your baby’s weight, length and head size and record on a growth curve.
•  Remind you to give your baby a daily supplement of 400 IU of vitamin D drops if you are breastfeeding.
 
Immunizations: None
Tests/Screens/Assessments: None


2 Months

Many babies seem more fussy or colicky at this age. Be patient. Colicky babies eventually outgrow their crying phase. Keeping your baby safe is the most important thing you can do. Even if you feel frustrated, handle your baby gently and reach out for help to friends, relatives or your pediatrician if the crying is getting to be too much. If you need a break and no one is available to help you, place your baby on his/her back gently in a safe space, such as a crib or bassinet and take a few minutes to calm down.

We do a lot at this visit, including:
• Measure your baby’s weight, length and head size and record on a growth curve.
• Provide your baby’s first set of immunizations. Immunizations are safe, effective and keep your child and our community healthy. During this visit, you will be able to discuss any questions you may have about immunizations.
• Screen for post-partum depression.

Immunizations: DTap#1, HIB#1, PCV#1, IPV#1, Rotavirus#1
Tests/Screens/Assessments: Post Partum Depression Assessment

Infant & Newborn Care

Learn more about the common issues you may expect to encounter in the first 12 months.

Immunizations & Vaccines


Vaccines can prevent disease. Most vaccine-preventable diseases are much less common than they used to be, but some of these diseases still occur in the United States. When fewer babies get vaccinated, more babies get sick. 
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Jaundice


Jaundice is a very serious, but very treatable condition affecting many newborns. Infant jaundice is yellow discoloration of a newborn baby’s skin and eyes. Infant jaundice occurs because the baby’s blood contains an excess of bilirubin (bil-ih-ROO-bin), a yellow pigment of red blood cells.

Bili-Bed Loan Program (Newborn Jaundice) As an Angel Kids patient, you don’t have to stay another night in the hospital; newborns requiring phototherapy will be sent home with our portable, take-home Bili-Bed machine. Our providers closely monitor newborn’s bilirubin levels in the office.

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Sids


About 3,600 babies die each year in the United States during sleep because of unsafe sleep environments. 

Some of these deaths are caused by entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation. Some infants die of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). However, there are ways for parents to keep their sleeping baby safe.

Read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on how parents can create a safe sleep environment for their babies.
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Umbilical Cord Care


The first few weeks after your baby is born, you’ll need to keep the stump of the umbilical cord clean and dry as it shrivels and eventually falls off. There is no need to use alcohol on the cord; just keep it clean.

You may notice a few drops of blood on the diaper around the time the stump falls off; this is normal. But if the cord actively bleeds, call your baby’s doctor immediately. If the stump becomes infected, it will require medical treatment.
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Breastfeeding & Lactation


Full Time Lactation SupportWe maintain a full-time Certified Lactation Counselor for in-office or virtual support and assistance with breastfeeding.

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Angel Kids Pediatrics
Phone (appointments): 904-224-KIDS (5437)
Primary Address: 4160 Boulevard Center Dr., Jacksonville FL, 32207