Newborn Care Specialist

Great Destinations Pediatrics

A Private Pediatric Practice & Board Certified Pediatricians located in Peoria, AZ

Welcoming a new baby is exciting, but for many new parents, it’s also overwhelming. But you don’t have to go it alone. Giving your baby a happy, healthy start begins with finding a pediatrician you trust. At Great Destinations Pediatrics in Peoria, Arizona, Karen Prentice, DO, FAAP, Kristin Shepherd, MD, FAAP, Robyn Alfeche MD FAAP, and their pediatric team provide comprehensive newborn care and support to new parents. Call the office today or book an appointment online to get started.

Newborn Care Q & A

What does newborn care include?

The Great Destinations Pediatrics team takes an integrative approach to newborn care. They see all babies, including healthy, premature, and sick newborns.

At each appointment, your pediatrician measures your baby’s weight, length, and head circumference to track their growth and development. They check vital signs, do a physical exam, and give vaccinations as your baby gets older.

Babies born earlier than 37 weeks into the pregnancy might need additional medical care to give them a strong start in life. If your baby ever seems to be sick, has a fever, or isn’t eating, call the office right away for an appointment.

Newborn care includes supporting new parents. The team at Great Destinations Pediatrics is there to answer your questions about taking care of your baby, breastfeeding, and adjusting to parenthood.

How often does my baby need wellness checks?

Your baby gets their first wellness check shortly after birth, usually 1-2 days after coming home from the hospital. The pediatricians do a physical exam, observe their behavior, and answer any questions you have. After you take your baby home, it’s important to maintain regular wellness checks during their first few years of life.

The Great Destinations Pediatrics team usually sees babies at the following intervals:

  • 2 weeks
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 1 year
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 2½ years
  • 3 years

Once your child turns 3, they should get a wellness exam once a year. Great Destinations Pediatrics sees patients from birth to age 20. You won’t have to worry about finding a new doctor as your baby grows into childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood.

When should I choose a pediatrician for my baby?

Expectant parents should choose their pediatrician before their baby is born. Many start visiting pediatricians about 1-3 months before their due date. Choosing a pediatrician in the months before your due date ensures continuity of care for your baby, even if they arrive earlier than expected.

Great Destinations Pediatrics offers complimentary prenatal meetings for expecting parents to tour the office and meet the doctors. It’s important to feel comfortable with your baby’s doctor. Visiting pediatricians while you’re still pregnant gives you time to ask questions and complete paperwork before your baby is born.

Nothing is more precious than your baby’s health, and the newborn care team at Great Destinations Pediatrics partners with you each step of the way. Schedule your first appointment online today or call the office to learn more.

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