Newborn Care Specialist

Pediatrics of Long Island

Pediatrics located in Brentwood, NY & Patchogue, NY

Bringing a new baby home from the hospital is exciting and life-changing. But your newborn also requires regular visits with the pediatrician to monitor their growth and development. At Pediatrics of Long Island, experienced pediatric physicians Ramon Ferrand, MD, and Alaaeldin Moawad, MD, specialize in newborn care. They provide your baby with the care they need immediately after birth and regular follow-ups at the office. To learn more about newborn care at Pediatrics of Long Island, call the office in Brentwood or Patchogue, New York, or book an appointment online today.

Newborn Care Q&A

What is newborn care?

Newborn care refers to the highly specialized medical care your new baby needs during the first year of life. The first year of your child’s life is a period of rapid growth and development, and ongoing pediatric medical care and monitoring ensure your baby is growing as expected and meeting their developmental milestones.

The experienced pediatricians at Pediatrics of Long Island specialize in newborn care and offer a special package that starts at your child’s birth and continues with regular follow-up care at the office. 

When does newborn care start?

Newborn care at Pediatrics of Long Island starts within 24 hours of your baby’s birth. Your pediatrician reviews the information obtained from the newborn physical exam conducted immediately after birth, which includes:

  • Height and weight
  • Measurement of head circumference
  • Temperature
  • Heart rate
  • Respiration
  • Skin assessment

Your pediatrician also takes a blood sample to screen for various diseases and spends time with you answering any questions or concerns you may have. If not already provided, your pediatrician may request that your newborn receive their hepatitis B vaccine. 

What happens at the first newborn care office visit?

You can expect your first newborn care office visit at Pediatrics of Long Island within three to five days of your baby’s birth. During this visit, your pediatrician conducts a comprehensive well-child exam, which may include:

  • Measurement of height, weight, and head circumference
  • Check of your newborn’s vision, hearing, and reflexes
  • Physical exam
  • Review of feeding and sleeping schedule
  • Review of wet and dirty diapers
  • Developmental screening

After examining your newborn, your pediatrician reviews the results of your baby’s blood test and provides recommendations and guidance for at-home care for your newborn. 

How often do I need to bring my newborn to the office?

The frequency of your newborn care well-child visits may depend on your baby’s specific health needs. In general, after your first office appointment, you can expect to see your pediatrician at Pediatrics of Long Island every month up until 4 months and then again at 6 months, 9 months, and 12 months. 

During each of your baby’s well-child visits, your pediatrician measures growth and conducts a developmental screening. Immunizations are also provided at your newborn care well-child visits according to the standard immunization schedule.

For comprehensive newborn care for your new baby, call Pediatrics of Long Island or request an appointment online today.