Your Healthy Baby



Your healthy baby needs to see a doctor on
a regular basis.

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These visits are important for her health
and development.

They are also opportunities to learn more about your baby.

Your doctor can discuss with you whether your baby:

• Is eating well • Is growing normally • Is developing social, learning and physical skills properly.

While you are at the doctor’s office, you can ask questions about taking care of your healthy baby.

You can also talk about any problems you may have being a parent. During the visit, your doctor will:

• Do a physical exam • Check her growth and development • Check her ability to move • Do a hearing and eye exam • Check her height, weight and head size • Check what she is eating • Treat any medical problems

Find a doctor you like and feel comfortable with. Going to the same doctor each time is a good idea, if you can. Using the same doctor makes it easier to keep track of your baby’s health and growth.

If your baby is eligible for Medicaid, she can get free checkups. You can call your local social welfare, health or family services office to see if you qualify for Medicaid services.

If you don’t have health insurance for your baby, you can learn about resources in your state by contacting the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Insure Kids Now Program at 1-877-KIDSNOW. You can also visit their Web site at www.insurekidsnow.gov for more information about free or low-cost health insurance for children. Many public libraries offer free access to the Internet and provide help for first-time users.

When To Call the Doctor

At your child’s first checkup, ask your doctor what he or she considers a fever in a baby who is your baby’s age and at what temperature you should call him or her. Also, go over with your doctor what problems you should call about immediately.

When your baby is sick, use a thermometer to check for fever. Place the thermometer under her armpit for four minutes and gently cuddle her while you hold her arm to her side. Always call the doctor when a baby who is three months old or younger has a fever. Your doctor will tell you what to do to help your baby.

When your baby is sick, be sure to pick her up and comfort her. Call your doctor right away if your baby has any of these symptoms:

• A stiff neck, or if she can’t move her head to any position • A wheezing or crackling noise when she breathes • Pulling on her ears as if they are painful • A severe cough or red throat • A fever of any kind.

Follow these guide lines and you'll have what is the most important thing to any mother - A healthy baby.