Check up Schedule for a Newborn

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Sep 27, 2011

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Check up Schedule for a NewbornMedical check up of your baby starts right from the time of birth. As soon as the baby is born doctor access baby’s Apgar scores to assess need of any intervention. Skin colour, heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, and reflex irritability are checked immediately after birth.

Doctor judges the baby on five areas and gives the baby score from 0 to 2 on each dimension. Total score of 7 to 10 is considered normal. After one week of birth your baby has to go through a series of physical examinations. These child visits are scheduled at

  • 3 to 5 days.
  • 1 month.
  • 2 months.
  • 4 months.
  • 6 months.
  • 9 months.
  • 12 months.
  • 15 months.
  • 18 months.
  • 30 months.
  • 3 years.
  • After the age of 3. Checks up visits are scheduled annually till his/her teen years.

The maximum number of checkups is scheduled after 2 to 3 days of delivery to 1 month.

  • Your doctor will examine the baby to access any possible problem. Your doctor will again access body reflexes and observes how your baby interacts.
  • Length, weight and head circumstance are measured by doctor. These measurements are recorded and compared with the previous records to know the pace at which your child is growing.
  • During health check up your doctor will ask you questions about the eating and sleeping patterns of your baby. About the changes that you have noticed in your baby since the last time you visit doctor.
  • Hearing assessment is done to check the hearing ability of the child.
  • Your doctor will give schedule for immunization for your baby. Individual and series of immunization are started from the very first check up.
  • Your doctor may take a blood sample from the heel of your baby to check for phenylketonuria (PKU). Even though PKU is also checked immediately after birth. But reliability of tests done within 48 hours post delivery is questionable. Therefore after few days second PKU test is done.

Routine check up is the best time for parents to clear any query related to baby’s health and behaviour. The best way to get most out of check up schedule of a new born is to jot down the questions that you wish to ask your doctor.


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