Your first newborn doctor visit can be a little stressful because it may seem like you are diving into the unknown. Thankfully, pediatricians are prepared for new parents and they will be with you every step of the way. There are a few things you should take into consideration, however, before stepping into the doctor’s office for the first time.
1.Make Sure You Schedule on Time
The first newborn doctor visit should be scheduled 2 weeks after coming out of the hospital. Because a newborn baby is so vulnerable, you should check with the pediatrician to make sure you are coming during the slower part of the day to avoid any inconveniences with other patients. Your pediatrician will have you in mind when scheduling your appointment, so make sure you ask questions!
Obviously, you and your newborn will be going to the doctor, but you might be wondering what to take with you. First of all, you should go with at least one other person that can be a convenient fallback in case you suddenly are unable to take care of your child; this person is usually the newborn’s other parent or a family member, but really feel free to bring anyone else who you trust with your baby.
Make sure you prepare questions in advance. In the two weeks before the appointment, take note of anything you are unsure of to ask the doctor.
3.Prepare the Baby as Well
You may be taking time to prepare yourself for the visit, but the baby needs preparation as well! First off, you should dress your child in clothing that is easy to remove so that the doctor can make the necessary examinations.
In case of any accidents, bring extra clothes and diapers for your child. You should also bring bottles for feeding and also some comforts for the baby such as a pacifier.
When you’re in the waiting room you will be expected to fill out paperwork for your baby’s first visit. Make sure you take all the necessary hospital paperwork that the doctors gave you when you and the baby were discharged. You should take all medical history for yourself as well, including all information about issues and medications during pregnancy.
Finally, make sure you don’t forget your insurance card!
5.Ask Questions and Pay Attention to What the Doctor Says
At this first two week visit, your newborn’s doctor will instruct you on everything you need to know about taking care of the baby. That means you will be learning about vaccination schedules, feeding schedules, and sleep patterns. Make sure you pay attention and ask questions if you have any doubts.
Caring for your newborn may seem like a challenging prospect, and honestly, it will be. However, your newborn’s doctor will be there to help you every step of the way to make you as prepared as possible to take care of your new child. The experience of parenthood will be stressful, to begin with, but ultimately it will be the most rewarding thing you can take part in.