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Baby Steps for New Parents

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Choosing your baby's doctor Well-baby visits In the first year, you will visit your baby's doctor several times for well-baby visits. These appointments are regularly scheduled to make sure your child is healthy, gaining weight and hitting key milestones. Use this time to ask your baby's doctor questions and share any concerns you have. Some common topics at these appointments might be: • Health and nutrition • Immunizations • Safety • Sleep • Developmental milestones When to call the doctor The best place for regular care is your baby's primary care doctor. Trust your instincts. Call the doctor when you have a concern about how your baby looks or feels or if you have questions about how to take care of him. Call your doctor if your baby: • Has a change in behavior. • Does not wake up easily. • Does not feed well. • Falls or is burned. • Cannot be comforted with feeding, changing, burping, holding or rocking after one hour. • Vomits more than two times in one hour. • Has less than one wet diaper every four to six hours or less than six to eight wet diapers in 24 hours. • Has blood in his urine or bowel movement. When to take your child to his primary care doctor Your child's primary care doctor is your main resource for his care and will see your child for: • Common illnesses and minor injuries • Flu shots and other vaccines • Physicals • Well-child checkups 11 Baby steps

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