Follow-up care for newborn babiesFFollow-up care for newborn babiesFollow-up care for newborn babiesEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)NANANAAdult (19+)NA2009-10-18T04:00:00ZDouglas Campbell, MD, FRCPCHosanna Au, MD, FRCPC11.000000000000050.00000000000001302.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Important factors and detailed information to consider when choosing a health-care provider for your baby. </p><p>After your baby is born you will need to make decisions about their future health care. You can choose between a family physician or a paediatrician to care for your baby's health. You will also need to decide what type of health-care practice you want to go to. There are a few other factors you may need to consider, outlined below.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>A family physician cares for the entire family while a paediatrician specializes in child health-care.</li> <li>When choosing a health-care provider, consider their style and philosophy of medicine, as well as the logistics and atmosphere of the doctor's office.</li> <li>Newborns need to be seen by their health-care provider within the fourth and seventh day of life.</li></ul>
Suivis pour les nouveau-nésSSuivis pour les nouveau-nésFollow-up care for newborn babiesFrenchNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)NANANAAdult (19+)NA2009-10-18T04:00:00ZDouglas Campbell, MD, FRCPCHosanna Au, MD, FRCPC11.000000000000050.00000000000001302.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Apprenez-en avantage sur les facteurs importants dont il faut tenir compte lorsque vous choisissez un intervenant de la santé pour votre bébé. </p><p>Après la naissance de votre bébé, vous devrez prendre des décisions quant aux soins de santé qu’il recevra. Vous pourrez choisir entre un médecin de famille et un pédiatre. Vous devrez décider du type de cabinet de soins que vous voulez fréquenter. Il existe quelques autres facteurs à prendre en considération qui sont détaillés ci-dessous.</p><h2>À retenir</h2> <ul><li>Un médecin de famille prodigue des soins à toute la famille alors qu’un pédiatre se spécialise dans les soins de santé aux enfants.</li> <li>Lorsque vous choisissez un fournisseur de soin de santé, prenez en considération son style et son approche médicale autant que la logistique et l’ambiance du cabinet du médecin.</li> <li>Les nouveau-nés doivent être vus par leur fournisseur de soins de santé entre le 4e et le 7e jour suivant leur naissance.</li></ul>

 

 

Follow-up care for newborn babies430.000000000000Follow-up care for newborn babiesFollow-up care for newborn babiesFEnglishNeonatologyNewborn (0-28 days)NANANAAdult (19+)NA2009-10-18T04:00:00ZDouglas Campbell, MD, FRCPCHosanna Au, MD, FRCPC11.000000000000050.00000000000001302.00000000000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<p>Important factors and detailed information to consider when choosing a health-care provider for your baby. </p><p>After your baby is born you will need to make decisions about their future health care. You can choose between a family physician or a paediatrician to care for your baby's health. You will also need to decide what type of health-care practice you want to go to. There are a few other factors you may need to consider, outlined below.</p><h2>Key points</h2> <ul><li>A family physician cares for the entire family while a paediatrician specializes in child health-care.</li> <li>When choosing a health-care provider, consider their style and philosophy of medicine, as well as the logistics and atmosphere of the doctor's office.</li> <li>Newborns need to be seen by their health-care provider within the fourth and seventh day of life.</li></ul> <h2>Paediatrician or family physician?</h2><p>After your baby is born, they will need to see a family physician or paediatrician to ensure that they stays healthy. If health concerns do arise, these physicians are available to help your baby through their challenges, or they may refer them to more specialized health-care providers.</p><h3>Family physician</h3><p>Family physicians provide care for the entire family, and therefore can care for your newborn baby when the time comes. Family physicians assess newborn babies shortly after birth and provide well-baby checks, physicals, immunizations, diagnosis and treatment of health concerns, and advice.</p><h3>Paediatrician</h3><p>This is a medical doctor who specializes in the health care of children and the management of conditions affecting children. When your baby is first born, a paediatrician may be asked to assess them to make sure they are in good health. If there is a problem, the paediatrician will diagnose, treat, and monitor your baby as necessary, or refer them to a neonatologist. When your baby is discharged from the hospital, it might be possible for you to keep that paediatrician as your baby’s regular doctor for well-baby visits, physicals, immunizations, and health concerns.</p><h2>Type of health care practice</h2><p>Once you have decided whether to choose a paediatrician or family physician for your child, you then need to determine what is available in your community and what type of practice you might prefer.</p><h3>Solo practice</h3><p>Some paediatricians and family physicians have a solo practice, where the baby only sees one doctor. This is a great opportunity for your baby to develop a close one-on-one relationship with their doctor. However, unlike their predecessors, today’s solo physicians are not likely to be on call around the clock, and it may be difficult to get an appointment at the exact time that your baby needs it.</p><h3>Partnership or group practice</h3><p>Some physicians work in a partnership or group practice. This is a good set-up if you need flexibility in scheduling appointments, since if one doctor is not available, another can cover for them. However, if you or your baby develop a preference for one particular doctor in the group or partnership, you may run into scheduling problems. Your baby may not be able to see their favourite doctor at the exact time that they need to. Also, parents can become confused if they hear conflicting opinions from different doctors within the practice.</p><h3>Practice with a nurse practitioner</h3><p>Some physicians work in conjunction with a paediatric nurse practitioner. This is a registered nurse with additional training, usually at the graduate degree level. They can handle well-baby check-ups and the treatment of minor illnesses. If your baby has a health problem that is beyond the nurse practitioner’s expertise, they can refer them to one of the doctors in the practice.</p><h2>Finding a health-care provider</h2><p>There are many sources that you can use to find a health-care provider for your newborn baby. Hospitals have paediatricians on call to care for newborn babies after delivery, so you will no doubt come into contact with one such health-care provider if you deliver at a hospital. Sometimes the paediatrician who looks after your newborn baby in the hospital may be available to care for them after they leave the hospital. If you would rather not use the paediatrician who took care of your baby at the hospital, or that paediatrician is unable to accept new patients, here are a number of other ways in which you can find a health-care provider:</p><ul><li>Your own family physician may be more than happy to care for your baby, if this is the route you wish to take.</li><li>The health-care provider who took care of you throughout your pregnancy and childbirth may have some ideas. Often they will suggest a doctor who has a similar style and approach to health care as themselves.</li><li>Other health-care providers that you may know, such as a paediatric nurse, may be able to point you in the right direction.</li><li>Parents are a great resource too. Look for suggestions from friends who are similar to you in your approach to childrearing, as they are more likely to recommend a practitioner who will suit your style.</li><li>Your local hospital or medical society can give you lists of physicians who are taking new patients. They won’t, however, be able to make specific recommendations of one physician over another.</li></ul><h2>Other things to consider when choosing a health-care provider</h2><p>There are many things to consider when choosing a health-care provider for your newborn baby. Depending on where you live and how busy the doctors are in your area, you might not have a great deal of choice in who becomes your newborn baby’s practitioner. However, if there are a few choices in your area, consider the following when deciding who should become your baby’s doctor.</p><h3>Style</h3><p>Do you want a physician who is informal and easy-going, who will accept you as a partner in your baby’s care, and is interested in your opinions? Or do you prefer a doctor who is formal and businesslike, and has all the answers? Regardless of which type of practitioner you prefer, try to choose someone who is open to your questions and who loves children.</p><h3>Philosophy</h3><p>You probably do not want to argue with your baby’s doctor about issues that you have already made up your mind about. Consider what the practitioner’s views are on breastfeeding, circumcision, antibiotics, immunizations, and preventive medicine, and determine whether they match up with your views.</p><h3>Logistics</h3><p>Is the doctor’s office nearby? If it is far away, is this practitioner worth the extra travelling time? Do they have convenient hours, and if not, can you work their hours into your schedule? Do they typically make patients wait a long time? If so, are they the type of caring and compassionate physician that can make a long waiting time tolerable?</p><h3>Atmosphere</h3><p>Is the physician’s office, in particular the receptionist, friendly and receptive to your baby? You want to choose a practitioner who fosters a cheerful environment and is welcoming to children. If the waiting room contains toys and items to keep children occupied, they will come in handy if you have to wait to see the doctor.</p><h2>Well baby visits</h2><p>Most healthy, full-term newborn babies are released from the hospital within one to two days after birth. These newborn babies, and those who are delivered at home, need to be seen by their health-care provider between the fourth and seventh day of life. Try to bring a list of questions with you to the medical visit, so that you do not forget to ask when you see the doctor. At your newborn baby’s first medical visit, the doctor will do the following:</p><ul><li>ask questions about how well your baby is feeding and whether there are any problems</li><li>ask how often your baby is wetting their diapers and passing stool</li><li>perform a complete physical examination including measuring your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference, and plot these measurements against standardized growth charts</li><li>answer questions about your baby’s development, feeding, sleeping, and overall health</li></ul><h3>Subsequent medical visits</h3><p>During the newborn period, i.e., the first month of life, you can expect to bring your baby back to the doctor at two and four weeks of age. Try to bring a list of questions with you to the medical visit, so that you do not forget what to ask when you see the doctor. If at all possible, bring your partner with you, so the doctor can get to know you all. During the medical visit, the doctor should continue to ensure that your baby is thriving and that you are adjusting well to your role as a mother.</p>https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/AKHAssets/follow_up_care_baby.jpgFollow-up care for newborn babiesFalse

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