During the first few months of your baby’s life, the staff at Argyle Pediatrics can provide routine newborn care services. Carrie Jones, MD, and her medical team offer comprehensive health services, including examinations, vaccinations, and nutritional counseling, for your newborn baby to ensure they’re growing up healthy, happy, and strong. Learn more about newborn care by calling the Argyle, Texas, office directly or using the convenient online booking feature.
Your baby’s initial exam with Dr. Jones should happen within five days of their birth. During this appointment, she measures your baby’s height, length, weight, and the circumference of their head.
Dr. Jones also performs a full physical exam, checking for any abnormalities or concerns. The examination also includes a screening of your baby’s hearing, vision, and reflexes.
This appointment is also an ideal time to discuss aspects of your newborn’s home life, such as their sleeping and eating habits, their nutrition, and your lifestyle choices that can affect your baby’s health, such as eating a healthy diet or smoking indoors.
During your pregnancy, you pass certain antibodies to your baby to enhance their immunity against infectious disease. However, this immunity is only temporary and your baby needs the necessary vaccinations to protect them long-term.
In many cases, newborns receive the hepatitis B vaccine in the hospital. If not, Dr. Jones can administer it during the initial visit. She also discusses the immunization schedule recommended for children from birth to young adulthood.
Examples of vaccinations your child needs in the early months of life include:
For children 6 months and older, Dr. Jones recommends the seasonal flu vaccine.
Dr. Jones and her staff welcome any questions you have about your newborn and their health during well visits. If you have special concerns about signs of illness, you can call the office for help.
Examples of conditions that may prompt an urgent care visit for a newborn include:
You should also contact Dr. Jones if your child shows symptoms of dehydration, such as a dry mouth, sluggishness, or a decrease in wet diapers.
If your child has existing health issues, Dr. Jones may request to see them more frequently based on their needs.
To schedule your newborn care appointment, call the Argyle office directly or use the online booking feature.