Expecting Parents – When You Deliver
When it’s time to deliver your baby and you enter your medical facility of choice, please be sure to let the receptionist know that Parkside Pediatrics will be you Primary Care Provider. If delivering at Greenville Memorial or St. Francis one of our providers on call will come and visit you once your little one is born to do a newborn check. Also, we will call you shortly there after with details concerning your first visit. If you decide to use Spartanburg Regional/Anderson/a birthing center or give birth at home, please call us just after baby is born to setup your first appointment. We can’t wait to see you!
Your First Visit
Most babies will be seen 1-3 days after hospital discharge, unless they need our attention before that time. It’s a good idea to call our office to make your first office appointment on the day of your hospital discharge.
During your the first office visit to Parkside Pediatrics, your child’s doctor will assess your baby to determine his or her overall state of health. You can expect us to:
- Measure your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference to assess how he or she has been doing since birth
- Observe your newborn’s vision, hearing, and reflexes
- Perform a full physical examination to check for any abnormalities of the body or organ function
- Answer questions about how you as parents are doing with your new baby and how your infant is eating and sleeping
- Give advice on what you can expect in the coming month
- Discuss your home environment and how it might affect your baby’s health
- Discuss the results of screening tests performed on your newborn after birth as they become available
After your first visit 2-3 days after being discharged from the hospital, your baby’s next visit will be 2 weeks after birth. This checkup is probably the most important for your baby during the first year of life. By 2 weeks of age, your baby will usually have developed symptoms of any physical condition that were not detectable during the hospital stay. At that time, we will be able to judge how well your baby is growing from his or her height, weight and head circumference.
This is also the time your family is under the most stress of adapting to a new baby. Try to develop a habit of jotting down questions about your child’s health or behavior at home. Bring this list with you to office visits to discuss with us.