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Newborn Care

Going home with a newborn baby is such an exciting time. Your family will go through some big changes, which can be a little scary too. Newborn babies have many needs, such as frequent feeding and diaper changes. Babies can also have health issues that are different from older children and adults, such as diaper rash and cradle cap. Here at South River Pediatrics we are here to help!

Once you welcome your new baby, you should schedule your first visit with us before your baby is 5 days old.* At this visit we will examine your baby and address any questions or concerns you may have. Additional follow-up appointments will allow us to monitor your baby’s growth until they are on track to continue with the normal well check schedule.

Please note, we require all newborns to receive the Vitamin K injection and Erythromycin eye ointment at birth in order to register with our practice.

*If you deliver outside the hospital setting, we will see your new baby within their first 24 hours of life to perform their initial examination. We will then schedule an appointment for the next day to ensure your newborn’s health checklist is complete. Your newborn must receive the newborn screen (genetic testing mandated by the state of Maryland) and the Critical Congenital Heart Disease screen after your newborn is 24 hours old. We also recommend your newborn receives their first Hepatitis B vaccination at this visit. Lastly, we will refer you to an audiologist to have a hearing test performed.