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Your Child's Visits - Two Week Visit

Diet:

If more than 50% breast-fed, Tri-vi-sol vitamins daily (for extra vitamin D)
Bottles may be washed in hot soapy water or dishwasher (sterilization unnecessary)
No fluids other than breast-milk or formula unless prescribed by physician
 

Sleep:

Most newborns will awaken, feed, interact and then sleep every 2-4 hours.  Many are alert at night and sleepy by day.  Do not let your newborn go longer than 3-4 hours without feeding and keep the room light by day, and keep night feeds quiet, in a darkened room, to encourage a normal diurnal rhythm.
To protect against SIDS, babies should sleep on their backs, preferably in a co-sleeper, bassinet or crib to prevent falls or smothering.
 

Safety:

Infant car seat must face backwards in the rear seat, strictly according to its directions
Home must have a fire extinguisher, carbon monoxide detectors, sink/tub scald guards and smoke detectors
NEVER leave an infant unattended on a raised surface.
NEVER use a microwave oven to warm infant formula or food.
Do not allow smoking around your infant- it increases the risk of respiratory illnesses, ear infections and SIDS.
NEVER shake an infant.
NEVER put a q-tip IN a baby’s ear, only clean the outer ear.
 

Recommendations:

Encourage tummy time while awake.
Once the umbilical cord is off you may try a bath- avoid too much soap which is drying.
You cannot spoil a newborn by picking him up when he cries- demanding babies will cry less if they are carried more (try a baby sling.)
For a fussy baby who is clean, fed, burped and dressed appropriately, try swaddling, rocking, singing, swinging, walking, bathing, a car-ride or white noise (i.e. a vacuum cleaner.)
 

Measurements:

Height

Weight

Head Circumference
 

Vaccination/labs:

None at this visit
 

Next visit at 4 weeks of age