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Well Child Visit At 1 Week
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
A well child visit is when your child sees a healthcare provider to prevent health problems. It is a different type of visit than when your child sees a healthcare provider because he is sick. Well child visits are used to track your child's growth and development. It is also a time for you to ask questions and to get information on how to keep your child safe. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them. Your child should have regular well child visits from birth to 17 years.
Where to take your child for well child visits:
It is best to find a medical home for your child. A medical home is a doctor's office or clinic where your child sees the same healthcare providers every time. A medical home will also keep your child's health records. The healthcare providers will get to know your child and your family so they can give him the best care. They will also make sure he receives vaccines on the recommended immunization schedule to protect him from diseases.
What happens at a well child visit at 1 week:
Your baby's healthcare provider may do the following:
- Chart your baby's head growth, and check his head shape and fontanelles (soft spots)
- Check your baby's color, vision, hearing, and reflexes
- Chart your baby's weight and length
- Ask how often your baby breastfeeds or drinks formula and ask if he is having any feeding problems
- Ask how often your baby urinates and has bowel movements
- Ask how well your baby sleeps, and review safe ways to lay him on his back to sleep
- Review crib safety, such as not leaving pillows or toys in the crib, and not leaving looped cords or any ties near the crib
- Review home safety and childproofing, and water safety, such as not leaving your child alone in the tub
- Talk to you about how to bathe your baby and care for his skin
- Make sure you are using a rear-facing infant car seat in every car, and that it is installed properly in the back seat
- Talk to you about protecting your baby's skin when he is in the sun to prevent skin cancer
- Ask how long your baby cries, and help you find safe ways to comfort him
- Remind you never to shake a baby if he will not stop crying
Development your baby may have at 1 week:
Each baby develops at his own pace. Your baby may reach the following milestones at 1 week, or he may reach them later:
- Keep his attention on faces or objects held close to his face
- Respond to sounds, such as voices
- Have reflex reactions, such as rooting, grasping a finger in his palm, and straightening his arm when his head is turned
What you need to know about your baby's next well child visit:
Your baby's healthcare provider will tell you when to bring him in again. The next well child visit is usually at 2 weeks. Contact your baby's healthcare provider if you have questions or concerns about his health or care before the next visit.
Changes that may happen before the next well child visit:
- Your baby may start keeping his eyes open for longer periods, and focus on objects or people as they move.
- Your baby may move his arms and legs more. He may start lifting his head for short periods.
- You may also notice changes in the amount of breast milk or formula he drinks, or how often he feeds.
- Your baby's healthcare provider may review the importance of breastfeeding for the first year of your baby's life. Talk to him about any problems with or concerns about breastfeeding. Also talk to him before you give your baby formula. He can help you choose a formula that contains iron. He may recommend that you breastfeed for a certain period of time before you offer your child a bottle or pacifier.
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