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By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
November 20, 2020
Category: Child Healthcare
Tags: Jaundice   Newborn  

Does your baby have jaundice? Find out how to handle this problem.

Jaundice in newborns is actually more common than you might think. While seeing your newborn with yellowing skin and eyes may be alarming it’s usually nothing to worry about. When red blood cells breakdown in the body they release a substance known as bilirubin. When your baby’s liver is unable to break down the bilirubin quickly enough this leads to jaundice. Find out how our Kansas City, MO, newborn doctors will treat this problem at Pediatric Care North.

What causes newborn jaundice?

There are several reasons your baby may develop jaundice. Premature babies (babies born before 37 weeks) are more at risk for developing jaundice, as are babies that aren’t getting enough breast milk (or formula) or babies that have a different blood type from their mother.

In some cases, an infection or liver problem could be to blame. While newborn jaundice will often go away on its own within 2-3 weeks, if your baby’s symptoms persist for more than 3 weeks this could be a sign of an underlying health issue.

When will symptoms appear?

Newborn jaundice will typically appear not long after birth (usually within 2-4 days). If you notice your baby’s skin appears yellow, especially when pressing on their skin, this is a telltale sign of jaundice.

Do I need to call a Kansas City Newborn Doctor right away?

While you may not necessarily need to call our Kansas City, MO, newborn doctor right away if your child has symptoms of jaundice, it is important to know when to turn to us for care. Give us a call if your baby’s symptoms get worse or spread, if your baby develops a fever, if they aren’t feeding, or they seem sluggish.

How is newborn jaundice treated?

While many cases of newborn jaundice will go away without treatment, more severe cases will require treatment from a qualified medical professional. One way in which we can treat more serious cases of jaundice in newborns is with phototherapy, which helps to break down bilirubin in the body.

If you notice any health changes in your newborn that have you concerned, you must visit our Kansas City, MO, children’s doctor as soon as possible. The team at Pediatric Care North is dedicated to providing you with immediate, comprehensive pediatric care. To schedule an appointment, call us at (816) 587-3200.

By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
February 21, 2020
Category: Child Safety
Tags: Newborn  

How your pediatricians in Kansas City, MO, can help you care for your newborn

Newborn babies are a wonderful gift, but they do require a lot of care, which can cause you to feel overwhelmed. Fortunately, Michael H.Dershowitz, DPM, your pediatrician here at Pediatric Care North in Kansas City, MO, offers comprehensive pediatric care, including newborn care visits.

Your pediatrician will recommend a first newborn care visit within 2 to 5 days of birth. The pediatrician will take vital measurements including height and weight to provide a baseline for future appointments. These initial measurements are critical for the pediatrician to monitor growth and development at future appointments. This first visit is an excellent opportunity for you to ask questions about caring for your newborn.

The pediatrician performs an important role of guiding you through caring for your newborn. These are just a few of the topics your pediatrician may discuss with you:

  • Feeding: if you are breastfeeding, your baby will want to feed every 2 to 3 hours. If you feed your baby formula, the baby will feed less, usually at 3 to 4-hour intervals.
  • Sleeping: newborns typically sleep 16 to 17 hours every day. It’s important for you to place the baby on their back for sleeping, as this help prevents sudden infant death syndrome or SIDS.
  • Bathing: don’t bathe your baby too often because it can cause dry skin. You should give your newborn sponge baths using mild soap and water. Carefully clean the folds of skin where bacteria can accumulate.
  • Stool Color: stool is normally black in color initially, and then the color changes to dark green and then yellow. If you notice the stool is red or white, it could be a sign of a medical problem and you should contact your pediatrician.

One of the most important things to remember when you have a newborn is to also take good care of yourself. Try to sleep when your baby sleeps. Ask for help from family members or friends, and don’t try to do everything. Remember to get some exercise and get out of the house.

Having a newborn is a joyous time in your life, and your pediatrician can help you manage the stress of this time period. To learn more about newborn care and other pediatric medicine topics, call the pediatricians of Pediatric Care North in Kansas City, Missouri at (816) 587-3200 today.

By Children's Mercy - Pediatric Care North
November 11, 2019
Category: Pediatrics
Tags: Newborn   Newborn Care  

Once you find out you’re pregnant it seems like everything shifts focus to how you are going to take care of yourself and your unborn child. Furthermore, you start making decisions about how to care for your baby once it enters the world. One of the most important aspects is choosing a pediatrician that your child can turn to from birth until adulthood for medical care. Choosing a doctor that you like and can trust is important not just for parents but also children.

Having the same doctor means that children are also more likely to get the proper care, tests, and vaccines they need to keep them healthy. Having a continuous, trustworthy relationship with your children’s doctor will ensure that your child gets the care and treatment they need through all aspects of their developing life.

Looking for a Pediatrician

So, when is the best time to start looking for a pediatrician? Usually a good time to start searching is between 28 and 34 weeks. This will give you enough time to do your homework and not feel rushed to find a doctor that you feel you truly can trust. You can ask your friends, colleagues, and family members for personal recommendations and referrals. Once you determine which doctors sound good it’s time to setup a one-on-one meeting to learn more about their training, practice and services.

This is also a time to determine whether the pediatrician is a good fit for your family and that you feel a good, positive connection with them. Prepare questions ahead of time so that you get the most out of your consultation.

Newborn Care

Once your child is born they will usually see a pediatrician for the first time within the first week of birth. After that, your newborn will come into the office regularly for monitoring, vaccines, screenings, and checkups. These routine checkups are crucial, as they allow your pediatrician to monitor everything from their hearing and vision to certain health problems and developmental delays. By bringing your child in for their regularly scheduled appointments your pediatrician will be able to catch problems and provide early interventions to reduce the risk for complications and long-term issues.

When your baby arrives it’s natural to have a lot of questions. Your pediatrician isn’t just here to provide your child with comprehensive health care; they can also provide you with answers to everything from breastfeeding and bathing to diet and sleep schedules.

Your pediatrician can educate parents, especially new parents, on the dos and don’t of caring for their newborn.

If you are currently pregnant it’s never too soon to find the right pediatrician for your budding family.