This information is for guidance only. This is not a substitute for your child being evaluated and treated by your physician.
This is an exciting time for you and your family. Below are some basic guidelines and information for the care of your newborn.
If you breastfeed your child, he/she should eat every 2-3 hours for the first few weeks of life. If your child is formula feeding, he/she should eat every 2-4 hours for the first few weeks of life. This includes waking him/her up in the middle of the night if your child does not wake you up first. Remember, your child should not have solid foods such as cereal or baby food until at least 4-5 months of age.
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends having your child sleep on his/her back to lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In addition, the mattress should be firm, and there should not be any pillows, loose blankets, or stuffed animals in the crib or basinette where your child is sleeping. The AAP discourages having your child sleep in th parents' bed as this can increase the risk of SIDS.
For colic symptoms or excessive crying (after knowing that your child is fed, the diaper is changed, and is not sick), here are a few tips you can use. You can turn on the radio to a station that has static only as this may soothe the baby. An alternative is running the vacuum cleaner. Swaddling your infant in a blanket may help as this can comfort your child and make him/her feel safe. A useful source is a book and/or dvd titled The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. This book and dvd may be available at your local library, bookstores, or online. Remember, never shake the baby as this can cause permanent brain damage or death.
If your child is less than 3 months of age and has a fever greater than 100.3 degrees Fahrenheit, he/she should be seen by a physician. If it is after office hours, then please call the on-call doctor who may be reached by calling our office.
When your child is riding in the car, he/she should be in the car seat facing backwards in the backseat until he/she is 1 year of age AND weighs 20 pounds (must meat both critera). Read the owner's manual of your car seat for more information on the specific height and weight requirements.