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Well Child Visit at 1 Week

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What is a well child visit?

A well child visit is when your child sees a pediatrician to prevent health problems. 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.

What development milestones may my baby reach at 1 week?

Each baby develops at his or her own pace. Your baby may reach the following milestones at 1 week, or he or she may reach them later:

What can I do when my baby cries?

What do I need to know about feeding my baby?

The following are general guidelines. Talk to your baby's pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns about feeding your baby.

What do I need to know about breastfeeding my baby?

How do I help my baby latch on correctly?

Help your baby move his or her head to reach your breast. Hold the nape of his or her neck to help him or her latch onto your breast. Touch his or her top lip with your nipple and wait for him or her to open his or her mouth wide. Your baby's lower lip and chin should touch the areola (dark area around the nipple) first. Help him or her get as much of the areola in his or her mouth as possible. You should feel as if your baby will not separate from your breast easily. A correct latch helps your baby get the right amount of milk at each feeding. Allow your baby to breastfeed for as long as he or she is able.

Correct Latch-on Breastfeeding

How do I know if my baby is latched on correctly?

What do I need to know about feeding my baby formula?

How do I burp my baby?

Burp your baby when you switch breasts or after every 2 to 3 ounces from a bottle. Burp your baby again when he or she is finished eating. Your baby may spit up when he or she burps. This is normal. Hold your baby in any of the following positions to help him or her burp:

How should I lay my baby down to sleep?

It is very important to lay your baby down to sleep in safe surroundings. This can greatly reduce your baby's risk for SIDS. Tell grandparents, babysitters, and anyone else who cares for your baby the following rules:

What can I do to keep my baby safe?

What can I do to care for my baby's skin?

What can I do to prevent my baby from getting sick?

What can I do to care for myself and my family?

When should I contact my baby's pediatrician?

What do I need to know about my baby's next well child visit?

Your baby's pediatrician will tell you when to bring him or her in again. The next well child visit is usually at 2 weeks. Contact your baby's pediatrician if you have questions or concerns about your baby's health or care before the next visit. Your baby may need vaccines at the next well child visit. Your provider will tell you which vaccines your baby needs and when your baby should get them.

Recommended Immunization Schedule 2022

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your baby's care. Learn about your baby's health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your baby's healthcare providers to decide what care you want for your baby. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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