Newborn Care Specialist

George M. Jayatilaka, M.D. Inc.

Family & Pediatrics located in Long Beach, CA

You will make a lot of trips to the office of George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California during your child’s first year of life. While most of these visits are routine, it’s important to seek medical advice as soon as possible so that something simple doesn’t turn into a dangerous condition. If you need newborn care because your child is sick or it’s time for a well-visit, call, stop by or make an appointment online today.

Newborn Care Q & A

What is newborn care?

A physician in the hospital performs your baby’s first exam immediately after birth and includes measurements of:

  • Weight
  • Length
  • Head circumference
  • Temperature
  • Breathing and heart rate

How often should you see the doctor for newborn care?

Your baby should receive newborn care three to five days after they've been released from the hospital.

After the initial visit, your baby needs to visit the office once a month for the first six months. The number of required newborn care appointments then decreases to once every three months.

However, it’s best to see a doctor as soon as possible if your baby starts to act unusual, or shows signs of illness, such as:

  • Continually refuses to eat
  • Increased diarrhea or vomiting
  • Has a cold or rash that doesn’t improve or gets worse
  • Signs of dehydration like fewer than six diapers a day, no tears when crying, sunken soft spot
  • Ear drainage
  • Nonstop crying

What happens at a newborn care appointment?

At your baby's first newborn care visit, a doctor at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. assesses your child through an exam that includes:

  • Length, weight, and head circumference measurements
  • Observing your newborn's vision, hearing, and reflexes
  • Asking questions about sleeping, eating, peeing and pooping
  • Answering questions and offering advice
  • Looking at your baby’s head for soft spots and proper shape
  • Listening to your baby’s heart and lungs
  • Checking your baby’s abdomen, hips, legs, and genitals for problems

Your baby’s doctor also monitors their skin color and activity level. The doctor even administers eye drops or ointment to inhibit eye infections and a shot of vitamin K to prevent the possibility of bleeding.

At subsequent appointments, your baby’s doctor at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. will look for signs of ear infections, thrush, and teething. Immunizations begin at your child’s one-month appointment.

For newborn care, call, stop by or make an appointment online today at George M. Jayatilaka, MD Inc. in Long Beach, California.