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Newborn Care Specialist

Smyrna Pediatrics

Pediatricians & Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner located in SMYRNA, TN

If you’ve just had a baby, it’s important to invest in newborn care with a trusted pediatrician. Newborn care can help you comfortably transition to parenthood while providing you with key insights about your little one’s health and well-being.Our providers, at Smyrna Pediatrics in Smyrna, Tennessee, proudly offers specialized care for newborn infants and high-risk newborns. To request your appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Newborn Care

What is newborn care?

Newborn care is a branch of pediatrics focused on caring for and treating newborn babies. Technically, any baby between the ages of one day and two months is a newborn. 

If you’re a first-time parent, it’s perfectly normal to feel somewhat stressed out and maybe even overwhelmed. Having a newborn is a big adjustment that isn’t always easy. Be patient with yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for help. 

Instead of keeping a strict schedule, Dr. Ricafort recommends easing into newborn care by going with the flow. Try and start each day with a positive attitude and open mind.

How often do I need to participate in newborn care?

No two babies are exactly alike, but the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends newborns receive a checkup at birth, 3-5 days after birth, and then again at one, two, four, nine, and 12 months. 

If your baby was born prematurely or has a serious medical condition, more frequent appointments may be necessary. After you give birth, our office develops a newborn care schedule that aligns with your child’s individual needs. 

How much does my newborn baby need to sleep?

Newborns usually sleep an average of between eight and nine hours during the day. They might even sleep up to seven or eight hours at night. 

In addition, newborns have very small stomachs. As a result, they wake up and need to eat every three hours. As your baby gets older, they can wait longer between feedings. However, expect frequent meals for at least their first three months of life. 

If you have any questions about your son or daughter’s feeding habits, don’t hesitate to bring them up with our pediatric providers. 

When should I take my newborn to the doctor?

Many newborns cry and fuss from time to time, but this usually isn’t the sign of a more serious health problem. That said, you should make a newborn care appointment with our office if your child experiences symptoms such as:

  • Diarrhea or vomiting
  • A cold that doesn’t improve
  • A rash that doesn’t go away
  • A yellow color in their skin or eyes

It’s also important to make a newborn care appointment if your child refuses to eat more than once or twice in a day. 

Caring for a newborn is incredibly exciting, but it can also be nerve wracking. To keep your newborn healthy, make a newborn care appointment by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.