Follow-up Visits for Your Newborn During a Pandemic
We know you’re doing everything you can to protect your newborn baby from COVID-19. However, it is vitally important that you bring your baby for in-person, follow-up visits with a pediatrician. Telephone visits are not an appropriate substitute for in-person, follow-up care.
As recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, regular, in-person visits, starting at 48 hours after their release from the hospital, are crucial for your baby’s health. Your doctor needs to be able to monitor your baby’s progress, which includes checking:
⦁ Weight and length
⦁ How well the baby is feeding
⦁ Sleep patterns
⦁ If they’re peeing and pooping like they should
These checkups can help your doctor identify any problems early – which could be the difference between life and death.
These visits are also your chance to learn more about your baby and how to be a good parent. Bring your questions to your doctor – no question is too small.
Follow Your Doctor’s Instructions
Your doctor’s office will explain the purpose of every visit and can even help you schedule these visits ahead of time. Make it a priority to keep every single appointment.
It’s even more important than ever that your baby receives the right immunizations at the right time, and your doctor will advise you on this. For older children, we offer drive-up immunization clinics at some of our locations. Call us at (888) 499-9303 to learn more.