Prenatal/Expecting

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Choosing a Pediatrician

Maryland Farms pediatrics offers free prenatal or postnatal “meet the doctor” visits. Parents may also choose one of our physicians or our practice in the hospital without a prenatal visit. We love for expectant parents to visit our office so they can meet one of the Pediatricians and tour the office. At the prenatal visit,

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Hospital Care

Your pediatrician is in charge of the medical care of your baby from the time of his birth and will be called at the time of delivery. Your baby will have a complete physical exam by one of our doctors within 24 hours. Our physicians take turns going to the hospital nurseries each morning. A

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Routine Pediatric Care

Please try to schedule these well-­‐child visits when your child is well! A sick child is often not cooperative, and we only do shots when a child is well. Please call several days or weeks in advance for a well-­‐child checkup. We are very busy with school physicals at the end of July and early August.

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Breastfeeding

We support breastfeeding enthusiastically! Breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby, and the encounter between mother and baby at nursing time is emotionally satisfying to both. In our opinion, most newborns, if stable, can be placed directly on the breast after delivery and given no supplement. Breast milk usually comes in three to

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Skin Care and Clothing

We recommend using only soap, water and Vaseline or Aquaphor in the first two weeks of life. Desitin and A&D may also be used in the diaper area. After the first two weeks of life you may use baby lotions and products made for sensitive skin. We suggest using Dreft to launder baby clothes.  Launder new clothes

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Bathing

We suggest bathing your infant every two to three days with baby soap or Dove soap and water.  He should have a sponge bath until the cord falls off at two to four weeks of age. After the cord falls off, he may have a bath, which submerges the belly button.  The cord should be

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Diaper Habits

Newborn babies should urinate several times a day. Stooling patterns vary widely. A formula fed infant may stool one to three times per day. These stools have some form to them. A breastfed infant may stool after each feed.  Breastfed babies’ stools are often mistaken for diarrhea because they are very liquid and usually yellow

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Infant Behavior

Burping an infant half way through a feeding and at the end of a feeding is helpful. A lot of breastfed babies will not burp, but we like to give them the opportunity! After the two-­‐week checkup, we suggest not waking a baby to feed at night. During the day, wake an infant to feed