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Bringing Your Baby Home: What To Expect

I will never forget the day we brought Josie home from the hospital. My wife and I were so excited. Since it was winter, we had an adorable snowsuit that made her look like a cuddly stuffed bear. First, I went inside to get the camcorder ready to document everything as mom and baby arrived. With the camera rolling, Noel entered carrying Josie and was excitedly greeted by our dog, Brewer, who nearly tackled both of them. The combination of seeing Noel for the first time in a few days and what he thought was a new stuffed animal led to a scene that was quickly erased from our camera’s memory. Thankfully, no one got hurt, but it certainly wasn’t what we expected. Most pregnant women get a lot of advice about what to expect when they bring home their baby. Here is a list of my top tips, both as a pediatrician and a father:

  • Breast-feeding: Breast-feeding moms should put baby to the breast about every two to three hours. All babies don’t need much milk for the first few days, usually just a few ounces. Mother’s breast-milk will start to come in after a few days, and volume will typically match the baby’s needs. Most bottle-fed babies will take about 2 ounces every 2-4 hours. All babies initially lose weight with the goal of being back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age. The initial newborn visit in the first week of life is important to make sure that your baby isn’t losing too much weight. Weight loss up to 10 percent is acceptable. Dads can help support Mom by bringing her snacks, water and helping around the house so Mom can concentrate on breastfeeding. Continue Reading »

The bus stops here: 5 things parents can’t forget to do before school starts

Dr. Marsho as a 4th grader and his sisters ready for school

  1.  Schedule sports physicals. These are a great chance to get an overall checkup with your doctor and are required if your child plays school sports. It is important to have all of your sports pre-participation forms (green forms) completed prior to your visit so your doctor has a better idea of your health history. Chronic diseases such as asthma or ADHD often need a separate preventive health visit. Don’t forget to bring in any medication administration forms as well. You can also find more information on back to school physicals here.
  1. Set up kids’ general checkups. It is best that children have general checkups on a yearly basis and gives you the perfect opportunity to make sure their vaccinations are up to date before they head back into the classroom. Booster vaccinations are typically given between 4-5 years old and again around 10-11 years old. There is a new recommendation to get a booster meningococcal meningitis vaccine between 16-18 years old. Both males and females are eligible for the HPV vaccine after age 9. Keep in mind that it is recommended that all children receive influenza vaccines, which typically become available in the fall. Continue Reading »

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