Your Newborn Todayby Ann E. Butenas
As the prevalent air of anticipation dances excitedly among soon-to-be parents, many thoughts race through their minds: "What will the baby look like?" "Will the baby cry a lot?" "Will the baby be able to hear me and to see me?" "What is involved in the examination of the baby after it is born?"
"The first thing I know I will do is to count the toes and fingers to make sure they are all there!"
After your precious baby enters this world, he will become the center of everyone's attention, from Grandma and Grandpa to aunts and uncles, and most of all, to you. However, the one person who will focus specific attention on your newborn will be your pediatrician.
Dr. Vincent Iannelli, a board certified pediatrician in Dallas, Texas, and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Southwestern Medical School, offers medical and parenting advice on his web site at http://www.keepkidshealthy.com. Dr. Iannelli explains several crucial items pediatricians routinely assess on newborns.
Temperature and Weight
While your pediatrician carefully assesses your newborn in all of the referenced areas, be sure to ask any questions you might have. His medical knowledge and input are invaluable resources as you watch your newborn grow and develop. While it may all seem overwhelming at first, it is necessary to
ensure your newborn is as healthy and as happy as can be. Once you feel confident your pediatrician has performed the checklist of items mentioned in this article, you can present him a few MORE items to check over: "Should I buy stock in diapers?" "Is it okay for me to wear a bathrobe the first four
months of my baby's life?" "Are the 'terrible twos' really all that bad?" In these cases, you just might not want your pediatrician to provide a definitive answer!
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