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Newborn Care

Pediatrics located in Valparaiso, IN

Newborn Care located in Valparaiso, IN

Welcoming a new child into the world is exciting but can also be stressful for parents. For those in and around Valparaiso, Indiana, David Dimitroff, MD, and the Noah's Ark Pediatrics team can help make this time more enjoyable through outstanding newborn care. If you’re expecting or searching for a newborn care specialist, call Noah's Ark Pediatrics to book a visit, or spend a few moments on the online booking page.

What is newborn care?

Newborn care focuses on providing the services your child needs to thrive as well as checking for proper development. Pediatric visits are more frequent in the first year of life, then eventually taper off to annual well-child visits.

Your baby’s first visit with Dr. Dimitroff might occur while you’re still in the hospital or the days after you head home. Dr. Dimitroff will perform a thorough physical exam and gather details about your baby’s length, weight, heart, lung function, and reflexes. He also checks your baby’s skin and temperature and performs early vision and hearing checks. 

Why are newborn care visits necessary?

Even if your child is healthy, newborn care visits are important. Each time you come in, Dr. Dimitroff and his team gather information about your baby’s health and development. They then place that data into your baby’s medical record.

You’ll learn how your child falls on the developmental scale, and if areas of concern are noted, Dr. Dimitroff explains what additional screening tools are necessary. Catching problems in the early stages is the best way to craft an effective treatment path.

Vaccinations also play a central role in newborn care. Your baby needs more vaccinations in the first few years of life than any other stage, and those shots are administered according to a clearly outlined schedule.  

What topics are covered during newborn care visits? 

Whether this is your first or fourth child, you’ll have questions and concerns to share with Dr. Dimitroff. Each visit is an opportunity to learn how to keep your baby happy and healthy. 

Some potential topics include:

  • Breastfeeding schedules and formula intake
  • Sleep routines
  • Home and environmental safety
  • What to expect in the coming weeks and months
  • Concerns over bowel movements, vomiting, or signs of digestive distress
  • Umbilical cord care

Dr. Dimitroff can also share tips on how to take care of your own needs while caring for your child. 

How should I prepare for newborn care visits?

Advance preparation can make newborn care visits more productive. If you have questions or concerns, write them down prior to your visit. It’s easy to overlook something during the activity of a newborn exam, especially if your baby is fussy.

Book your newborn care visits with a simple phone call or a few moments on the online booking page.