Routine Health Care for Your Baby

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Your baby will need to see a health care provider – either a family physician or a paediatrician – to ensure that she is healthy and that she stays that way. If health concerns do arise, these professionals are available to help your baby through her challenges, or they may refer her to more specialized health care providers.

Most healthy, full-term newborn babies need to be seen by their health care provider on the third or fourth day of life, and again at two weeks and four weeks. After the first month, you will need to bring your baby back for a check-up at two months, four months, and six months of age, to coincide with the timing of immunizations. Your baby needs one more doctor visit between six and 12 months of age.

Immunizations protect your baby against several serious, life-threatening infectious diseases. Your baby should have “shots” according to the schedule recommended for your province, state, or country.

This section of the Pregnancy & Babies resource centre describes what to consider when choosing a health care provider for your baby, what is involved in follow-up care and well-baby visits, and the benefits of immunizations.

Andrew James, MBChB, MBI, FRACP, FRCPC