Newborn Care Specialist

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan -  - Board Certified Internal Medicine Physician

Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan

Board Certified Internal Medicine Physicians & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Grand Rapids, MI

Finding a pediatric specialist you can trust is the key to optimizing the health of your new baby. At Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the team of board-certified pediatricians specializes in newborn care to ensure your new addition stays healthy and thrives developmentally. Schedule a newborn care appointment over the phone or online today.

Newborn Care Q&A

What is newborn care?

Newborn care at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan includes medical evaluation, preventive medicine, diagnosis, and treatment when needed for new babies right after birth until they are 1 month of age. Early detection and treatment of certain medical problems can prevent serious complications. 


What happens during the first newborn care visit?

Your baby’s first newborn care appointment is in the hospital right after they’re born. Your child’s pediatrician assesses their overall health and wellness. They administer:

  • Screening tests for genetic disorders
  • Hearing tests
  • Breathing tests
  • Skin tests
  • Blood tests
  • Heart defect screening
  • Eye drops
  • Vitamin K shots
  • Hepatitis B vaccine

Your pediatrician also completes a physical exam and assesses your baby’s weight, length, head circumference, and overall health and wellness. 

They talk with you about optimal newborn care at home, including nutrition, feeding, sleeping, and signs of illness and other health problems to watch out for. The Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan team offers newborn care, lactation, breastfeeding, and pumping consultations.


What should I expect at subsequent appointments?

Your pediatrician lets you know when to schedule subsequent newborn care appointments with the team at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan. During each appointment, your provider checks your baby's vital signs, weight, length, and head circumference. 

They review developmental milestones and eating and sleeping patterns and offer vaccinations to protect your baby from serious or life-threatening illnesses. Your pediatric specialist provides health and nutrition education, and answers questions you may have. 

They offer diagnostic testing and medical treatments for common illnesses and diseases your newborn might experience.


How often should I schedule newborn care visits?

Your pediatrician often recommends newborn care appointments within a week after birth and again at 2 and 4 weeks old or if your baby shows signs of an illness, disease, failure to grow or thrive, or other unusual symptoms.

Pediatric specialists at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan offer telemedicine appointments for added convenience and are available for phone calls during after-hour emergencies. They are here for you and your baby every step of the way.

Give your new baby the best chance of staying healthy and thriving in growth and development. Schedule a newborn care appointment with the experts at Internal Medicine and Pediatrics of West Michigan by phone or online today.