By the time your baby’s two-week check-up comes around, you will
likely already have a relationship with your child’s pediatrician,
since you will want to choose a pediatrician well before your baby is
born. The pediatrician will also see your baby in the hospital right after
delivery, so the first checkup will be a relatively simple visit. To make
the most of this visit and ensure a healthy start for your baby, follow
the tips below from
StoneSprings Hospital Center in Dulles.
Bring your spouse or a secondary caregiver
Your pediatrician may share lots of valuable information about your baby’s health
with you during the first visit to his or her office, but it can be hard
to carry out a conversation and remember everything with a fussy baby
in hand. Therefore, it is helpful to have both parents, another relative,
or even a babysitter present to hold the baby and offer attention while
you speak with the doctor.
Fill out paperwork ahead of time, if possible
As with any new physician, you will need to fill out paperwork on the first
visit, but you may be able to get this done beforehand so that you can
minimize time spent in the waiting room. That way, you will also be sure
to have the most accurate information on all forms, since you won’t
feel rushed to get them filled out.
Write down any questions of concerns before the visit
First-time parents may have lots of questions for the doctor by the first
pediatric visit, so be sure to write these down so that you remember what
you wanted to ask. You might also record any symptoms or behaviors that
seem unusual for your infant so that you can discuss these with the doctor too.
At StoneSprings Hospital Center, we will provide dedicated pediatric care
with a family-friendly approach to ensure the highest level of care and
comfort for all of our young patients. To learn more about the
services our hospital will offer or get a physician referral for a local Dulles pediatrician, give us a
call at (571) 349-4000.