INFANT CARE

Pediatricians look forward to welcoming a new baby nearly as much as parents do. Dr. Nan McDonald & Dr. Bryan McDonald at Beach Kids Pediatrics in Virginia Beach, Virginia, treasure newborn patients.

PEDIATRIC CARE FOR NEWBORN PATIENTS

Infant care begins at the hospital shortly after delivery and continues with regularly scheduled newborn visits. If you already have a child under our care, give us a call when you know you’re expecting a new arrival. If you’re searching for a pediatrician, please contact us or request an appointment online to come in and meet the team.

Expecting parents need to have a pediatrician on board before their due date. However, they may contact Beach Kids Pediatric Care any time, then keep our doctors up to date with the baby’s health and progress throughout the pregnancy. If you’re new to the practice, you’re welcome to schedule a time to visit the office and meet with the doctors.

NEWBORN CARE SERVICES

It is a very exciting to welcome a newborn into your family. Whether you are a first-time parent or an experienced mom and dad, Beach Kids Pediatrics is here to support you through all of the stages of caring for your infant. One of our primary goals is to protect the health of your baby by ensuring that he/she is growing and developing, offering the necessary vaccines to keep your baby healthy and making sure you feel comfortable with all aspects of your child’s care.

Newborn appointments give parents the opportunity to ask any questions they may have about infant care. The team at Beach Kids Pediatric Care offers new parents expert support and guidance on issues such as:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Sleep concerns (sleeping positions, bedding, schedules)
  • Umbilical cord care
  • Basic newborn care
  • Crying (how to calm your baby)
  • Skin rashes
  • Jaundice
  • Immunizations

PRENATAL CONSULTATIONS FOR NEW PARENTS 

Beach Kids Pediatrics is pleased to offer a prenatal consultation for parents seeking a pediatric practice. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) encourages all expectant families to visit with a pediatrician during the third trimester of pregnancy as an important first step in establishing a supportive and comfortable medical home for your child. It is strongly encouraged if you are: a single parent, a high risk pregnancy, a pregnancy with complications and/or a multiple gestational pregnancy. We want you to feel confident about the care your child will receive at Beach Kids Pediatrics.

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NEWBORN SAFETY

At your baby’s well checks, we will discuss the safety measures that are recommended by the AAP and the CDC. One of our top priorities is to educate parents on the current recommendations of safety for newborns and infants. Some important safety measures include:

  • Always place your baby on his or her back to sleep or nap
  • Appropriate bedding for newborns, such as a firm mattress and a safety-approved crib
  • Remove all loose bedding and stuffed animals from the sleep area 
  • Proper swaddling of your baby
  • Acceptable temperature of water when bathing your baby
  • Cleaning the umbilical cord
  • Caring for circumcision
  • Using a bulb syringe to clear your baby’s nose

IMMUNIZATIONS AND NEWBORN WELLNESS VISITS 

Checkups for babies are performed at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months. Infancy is a time of rapid growth and change for a baby, and at each visit we will record weight, length and head circumference measurements. We will also discuss upcoming milestones which are important in the growth and development of your baby. If desired, we encourage parents to write down a list of questions or concerns and bring it to your appointment.

Immunizations begin at 2 months for babies and continue throughout childhood. Immunizations help prevent serious childhood diseases such as measles, polio, hepatitis and pertussis. In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), we encourage parents to immunize their babies on the standard Immunization Schedule. If you have any questions or concerns about immunizations, we are happy to go over the safety and importance of vaccinations and provide you additional information on each vaccination.

WHEN TO CALL US

As always, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your baby, do not hesitate to call our office. Please contact our office promptly at (757) 806-8880 if your baby has any of the following:

  • Blood in stool
  • Fever of 100.4°F or greater
  • Projectile vomiting
  • Inconsolable crying for more than 2 hours

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