Lafayette Pediatrics provides newborn care for neonatal patients from birth. Newborn care, also known as “neonatal” care is incredibly important for your baby.

Measurements of length, weight and head circumference can establish normal and healthy growth, or help to identify potential problems. At these visits we will also provide anticipatory guidance to help new parents understand the normal habits of neonatal feeding and sleeping patterns. Your pediatrician will also monitor your baby’s skin coloration to identify symptoms of jaundice in the first few weeks of life.

Your baby’s first visits to the pediatrician can consist of educational resources for new parents to understand what to look for and how to care for baby. If you chose to breastfeed, our office will be there for support and help guide nursing mothers to make this experience as enjoyable and successful as possible.

Some questions new parents have that will be addressed at newborn care visits are:

  • How much should my baby be eating?
  • What are the best ways to improve breastfeeding experiences for mom and baby?
  • How can I make sure my baby is getting the proper vitamins and minerals he/she needs?
  • Is my baby sleeping enough?
  • Is my baby sleeping too much?
  • How can I better bond with my baby?
  • How often should I bathe my baby?
  • How should I care for my newborn’s circumcision site?
  • How can I minimize diaper rash?
  • How much should my baby weigh?
  • Why is my baby crying so much, and what can I do to soothe him/her?