A great deal of body heat is lost through a bare head, so make sure your baby wears a hat if she will be in a cold environment ||Proper weight gain is the sign that your baby is having enough milk. Not crying and not comparing with other kids ||Expressing milk should be painless. If it hurts, stop. ||The AAP recommends sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump falls off — which might take up to three weeks ||Infant constipation is the passage of hard, dry bowel movements — not necessarily the absence of daily bowel movements ||Children who gain weight quickly during their first six months are more likely to be obese or at risk of obesity by age 3 ||Contact the doctor if your newborn isn't gaining weight, wets fewer than six diapers a day or shows little interest in feedings ||Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too ||Bathe baby for no more than ten minutes in warm water especially if he shows signs of skin eczema. ||There are parenting mistakes that are harmless. When in doubt, ask your pediatrician ||
How to Choose a Pediatrician

 

With a list of doctors in hand, call the office of each. Explain that you are looking for a pediatrician for your child, and inquire about the doctor's background and training, as well as general office procedures. Here is some key information you might inquire about and consider during this first meeting:

    • What medical school did the pediatrician attend, and where did he or she undergo postgraduate and residency training? 
    • What are the doctor's present hospital appointments? If it becomes necessary for your youngster to be hospitalized, where would he be admitted?
    • Is the pediatrician's office conveniently located? Is it easily accessible by automobile or public transportation?
    • Are the office hours convenient for your own schedule? If you are a working parent, you may desire evening or weekend hours.
    • Is the doctor in a group practice with other physicians? Does another physician cover for the doctor at times? Who handles phone calls when the office is closed or during vacations?
    • Do you sense a genuine interest by the doctor in the problems of your child, including particular health disorders he may have?
    • Do both the physician and the office staff appear amicable and courteous? Do they demonstrate compassion and patience? Or do you feel rushed in the office, as though the doctor is eager to move on to the next patient?
    • Does the doctor communicate clearly, and does the doctor make an effort to ensure that all your questions are answered?
    • If your child should ever develop a complex illness that necessitates the care of one or more specialists, will your pediatrician coordinate care among all the doctors providing treatment?

Check also MyChildGuide's article on calling your pediatrician

 

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