new parent, it may take some time to adjust to what is normal for your baby in terms
of his or her appearance and behavior. As a result, you might be in frequent
communication with your pediatrician to understand if and when medical
care is needed for various symptoms. When you first bring your baby home,
you will want to look out for these common health conditions that might
prompt a call to the pediatrician’s office.
Many newborns have jaundice in their first days of life, since the liver
may take some time to begin functioning properly to remove a substance
called bilirubin from the body. Mild jaundice is harmless and will cause
little more than a yellowing of the skin, but it can become a serious
condition when bilirubin levels become too high. Babies who are born prematurely
and those who are not feeding well are at the highest risk for more severe jaundice.
You will learn quickly that newborns cry often, and generally there will
be no apparent reason for the crying. Typically, babies who are crying
a lot may be comforted by being held and talked to, but when this strategy
does not work or the crying sounds different than usual, it might be time to
call the doctor.
Your baby is just getting used to using his or her lungs to breathe, so
it can take a few hours for your newborn to establish normal breathing
patterns. If your baby is having trouble breathing once he or she comes
home, the problem is likely a minor blockage in the nasal passages, but
you might need to seek medical care if your baby is grunting while breathing,
breathing rapidly, or has blue colored skin.
For exceptional care in your labor and delivery and
pediatric care in Dulles, you can count on StoneSprings Hospital Center. Call our Consult-A-Nurse
team 24/7 at 855-226-7344 to find a pediatrician, schedule an appointment,
or learn more about services at StoneSprings Hospital Center.