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Congratulations on the Birth of Your Baby!

We are happy that you have chosen to come and grow with us at Eastern Pediatrics. Our providers work hand-in-hand with parents to achieve the best possible health and development for your new baby.

The following is helpful information, but is not a complete care guide. When in doubt, you should refer any questions to your child's provider.

  • Always use a car safety seat for your baby!
  • Never give your baby any medication without first speaking with your provider!
  • Never shake your baby!
  • Never use Q-Tips inside the ear canal at any age!

Please call our office for any of the following:

Fever: Do not give your baby Tylenol or any fever reducer. Infants less than 3 months old will need to be seen for a fever of 100.4 °F or higher.

Vomiting: Babies may spit up some milk with a burp or immediately following a feeding and this is normal. If your baby is vomiting forcefully, vomiting after every feeding, or vomiting greenish fluid, please call our office.

Diarrhea: This occurs when stools or bowel movements are more frequent and more loose than normal. Babies can lose weight if they are having diarrhea, so if you feel that your baby is having diarrhea, please call our office. (See "Stooling" further down this page for a description of normal stools)

Irritability: This is when your baby is crying more than normal and you have done all of the usual things that normally calm him down. An irritable infant does not act the same as usual. Colic, crying for feedings, crying for a diaper change are all very common, and are not considered irritability. If you feel your infant is irritable, especially if he is not feeling well, please give us a call.

Lethargy: This is when your baby sleeps excessively and is asleep times when he would normally be awake, and has slept through 2 feedings in a row. Some infants require more sleep than others, but if your baby is sleeping more than normal and has slept through 2 or more feedings, please call our office.

Feeding: Feeding is one of your baby’s first pleasant experiences and it should be one of comfort, love, attention, and warm physical contact. Breast milk is the best and most natural food for your baby. If you are breast-feeding, the first 2 weeks are the most difficult. If you need help, please call our office. Don’t give up! The nurses at the hospital have a great deal of experience and can be very helpful to you also.

Umbilical Cord Care: Try to keep your baby’s umbilical cord as dry as possible and it should fall off in 1 to 3 weeks. Do not give your baby a tub bath until it has fallen off. Clean around the cord with alcohol on a cotton swab 2 times a day to keep it clean and dry. Please call our office if you notice any bleeding, drainage, or pus around the cord.

Circumcision Care: Your son’s circumcision will heal in approximately 4 days. You may notice a small amount of spot bleeding on the diaper, but this should be no larger than a quarter. Once the circumcision is well healed, if there is any remaining skin coming over the top of the penis, it should be gently pulled back and cleaned with each bath. If your son is uncircumcised, the foreskin should not be pulled back.

Vaginal Discharge: Little girls may have a mucous vaginal discharge for several days and occasionally some spot bleeding. This is normal and is caused by the withdrawal of mom’s female hormones.

Skin Care: Use plain water or mild baby soap. Do not give tub bath until the umbilical cord has completely fallen off. Babies do not need lotions, powders or oils, but if you use them, please stop if the baby’s skin appears irritated.

Stooling: Babies have different patterns of stooling. Breast fed babies have stools that are slimy yellow or green and this is normal, and they may have stools after every feeding. Some babies have pasty, yellow, cottage cheese-like stool, and this is also normal. Some babies grunt and strain, and turn red in the face to have a bowel movement and this is also normal. Some babies have a stool after every feeding and some babies may only have them daily, or once a week. Any of these patterns can be normal as long as the stool is soft. If your baby has hard stools, please call our office.

Urination: Your newborn may urinate only once in the first 24 hours, but by day 6 urinating 6 to 10 times per day is common. Early urine may be orange or pink colored and usually gets lighter as the days go by. This early color is caused by urate crystals and you may actually see some crystals, but this is normal. Your baby should have a minimum of 2 to 3 wet diapers in a 24 hour period. Please call our office if your baby does not urinate 2 to 3 times in a 24 hour period or if your baby’s urine contains bright red color.

Sleeping Position: The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that all infants sleep on their back. This is to reduce the chance of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS or crib death).

Smoking: You should not allow your baby around people smoking, especially in the house or car. Babies in homes where smoking is allowed have an increased chance of crib death, as well as an increased number of colds, ear infections, and wheezing.

Enjoy your baby!

Hold, talk and read aloud to your new baby. Babies need love and attention and you cannot “spoil” them by holding, cuddling, and paying attention to them. Studies have shown that babies who are held more are actually more secure when they are older. Reading aloud to your baby makes it easier for them to learn to read and helps them to be more successful in life.