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Newborn Care Specialist

Eastside Children's Clinic

Pediatricians located in Allen, TX

Newborn care begins from the moment your baby arrives in the hospital and continues as an integral part of the comprehensive care provided by Eastside Children’s Clinic in Allen, Texas. Both pediatricians at the clinic are mothers who understand the challenges of taking care of a newborn. They also provide the same gentle care they’d use for treating their children. If you’re pregnant, looking for a pediatrician, and you’d like to meet the team, or you need to schedule a newborn visit, call the office or use the online booking feature.

Newborn Care Q & A

When does my newborn have their first checkup?

Your new baby has their first checkup within two weeks after leaving the hospital. During this newborn care visit, their pediatrician at Eastside Children’s Clinic performs the required newborn screening tests in the office, so you don’t need to make a separate trip to the hospital for your baby’s testing.

Your newborn’s checkup is a comprehensive exam to be sure they’re growing and developing normally. During the checkup, the pediatrician:

  • Checks your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference
  • Evaluates your baby’s feeding, bowel, and sleeping habits
  • Does a physical examination, including an eye exam
  • Performs a developmental evaluation

These visits also give parents time to ask questions about their baby, whether they’re not sure about how to bathe the baby, they have trouble with feeding, they’re worried about the baby’s sleep schedule, or any other concerns.

What screenings does newborn care include?

The state of Texas routinely screens for genetic and rare medical conditions, including 32 core and 24 secondary conditions. The goal is to identify and treat diseases early enough to prevent serious complications such as growth problems, developmental delays, intellectual disabilities, blindness, deafness, and seizures.

Within the first 24 hours after delivery, your newborn has a hearing screening, and blood is drawn from their heel to run the routine screening tests. The state of Texas requires the same procedure to take place at your baby’s two-week checkup.

What are well-child visits?

Well-child visits are ongoing checkups for children that follow a specific schedule. After the two-week newborn care visit, your newborn should see the pediatrician at one and two months.

During each visit, their pediatrician at Eastside Children’s Clinic evaluates their growth, developmental milestones, and behaviors. If your baby needs routine blood draws, they can also be done in the office.

Just like the two-week newborn care visit, every well-child checkup is an opportunity to talk with the pediatrician about baby care and your baby’s health and safety.

Your pediatrician also gives immunizations at the two-month visit to protect your baby from:

  • Polio
  • Hepatitis B
  • Rotavirus
  • Diphtheria
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Pneumococcus

Small doses of the same immunizations are repeated several times over the first 18 months to be sure your infant is fully immunized against contagious diseases.

If you have any questions about newborn care or need to schedule an appointment, call Eastside Children’s Clinic or book an appointment online