Well-child visit: Newborn

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Well-child visit: Newborn 

Well-child visits exist to keep your child healthy, track her growth and development, help prevent potential problems, and teach you (and your baby, when she's a little older) about health and wellness.

your baby's first well-child visit will probably be two to five days after she is born, though it might be as late as two weeks after birth. Your healthcare provider will be able to recommend an appropriate schedule for you and your baby, and you'll likely make your first appointment a day or so after you give birth.

At the appointment 

Now that your baby has arrived, you can stop counting kicks and start tracking height, weight, and milestones. Your healthcare provider will begin logging her growth and development so you can see how she makes progress from appointment to appointment.

your baby will also be getting her immunizations at these visits. she should have been given a hepatitis B vaccination at birth, so there shouldn't be any vaccinations needed this time around. If a newborn hearing test wasn't performed when your baby was born, it will likely be done at this appointment.

At this visit, your healthcare provider will be looking for a few different milestones: eating well, turning to your voice, following your face, and sucking, swallowing, and breathing easily.

Questions to ask 

If this is your first child, you probably have a lot of questions, and your healthcare provider will have some for you as well. You'll talk about life with the new baby, how things are at home, and how you're adjusting. Don't be shy about answering honestly about your feelings or asking questions you might think are weird. Everything is weird with a new baby. Some questions you might want to ask are:

If you can bring your partner or another caregiver along to this appointment, you'll have twice the brainpower to ask and answer questions and soak up all the baby knowledge your healthcare provider can give you.

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