Answers for the 5 Most Common Questions from New Parents for Pediatricians

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Answers for the 5 Most Common Questions from New Parents for Pediatricians

Going from being a pediatrician without kids to being one with kids was a totally different ball game for me. There are just some things medical school cannot teach you! The same is true for all the parenting books and blogs. It’s great for new parents to read them and prep as much as you feel like you need to, but that first pediatrician visit is usually a lengthy one no matter how much research you’ve done! As a parent, now I can better understand where new parents are coming from when they come in with a list of questions for their pediatrician about their newborn.

5 Most Common Pediatrician Questions

1. Does breastfeeding ever get easier?

Nursing is tough and no pain no gain really describes those first few weeks of breastfeeding. The most important thing is to get lots of help from the lactation consultants in the hospital. They can help your baby and you to learn a proper latch from the get go. In the first 2-3 weeks, it can feel like your little one lives on your breast. Your breasts will hurt and get engorged often. It is easy to start to feel like you want to give up. But I PROMISE, things get easier after those first 2-3 weeks.

Your baby will feed more efficiently and your breasts will not be as sore. You don’t have to worry so much about how much your baby is getting or if it is enough. Usually by that point you can recognize the signs of fullness. Most newborns need to nurse at least every 2-3 hours during the day. And they should not go more than four hours at night without feeding. But the easiest thing to do is to feed on demand. Please do not try to schedule newborns! It can be dangerous and usually leads to more crying on the baby’s part and more stress for you.

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2. What are the most important things every new parent should be aware of?

If your baby has a fever (rectal temperature of more than 100.4) in the first month of life, they will be admitted to the hospital for a work up. Please always bring them in if they have a fever, especially in the first few months of life. But know that if a high fever occurs during that critical first month of life, they will be going to the hospital.

All babies should be placed on their back to sleep. There is a high risk of SIDS if they are placed on their belly to sleep. They should always be in a crib/bassinet for sleep. The only thing that should be in the crib is one fitted sheet. No crib bumpers, no blankets, no teddy bears. They can stay in a swaddle until they begin to roll and then they can go into a sleep sack.

3. I don’t understand my newborn’s sleep.

Newborns are usually awake much more at night and sleep more during the day. They sometimes cluster feed towards the evening hours, but might not give you a big break from wanting to nurse for those first 2-3 weeks. Overall, they sleep 16-18 hours a day. Newborns should always be woken from sleep if they are going more than 3 hours during the day without eating or more than 4 at night for those first few weeks. To try to adjust them to days and nights. Have them sleep in a common room where the blinds are open and you are doing your normal day activities. Then keep night time very dark and quiet.

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4. My baby’s poop is a rainbow of green, brown, and yellow.

The only colors that are concerning for baby poop are red (blood), black (old blood), and white (liver problem). Other than those three colors, every other color is most likely normal. Breastfed babies poop is usually yellow and mustard like. Formula fed babies can have more formed and darker brown stools.

5. Can I take my newborn out?

The best time to have your little one out and around people is after the 2 month set of vaccines. Prior to that, they are at high risk of contracting illness, which is a lot more serious when they are that tiny. Feel free to go on walks and don’t feel like you are on house arrest. But I would avoid super markets, restaurants, the airport until they get vaccinated.

I hope that these common pediatrician questions helps some of you first time mommas. Keep those questions coming at your doctors’ visits. Even for those of us who believed we were more “experienced” when it came to babies, we were completely lost in the beginning!

About the Author /

Tessy is a pediatrician who has been working with Texas Children’s Pediatrics for over 5 years. Her background includes a residency from USF in Tampa in 2009 and working in Urgent Care with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She currently lives in Houston and is working with Texas Children’s Pediatrics.

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