Unless you have a caesarean birth, you may not actually see your baby’s paediatrician until the day after birth.
A paediatrician’s role is mainly to care for your baby, and the obstetrician cares for you.
The paediatrician may also be involved in your treatment if it will directly affect your baby.
What does my baby’s first check involve?
When they meet your baby, the paediatrician will perform the first check on them. This will involve a head to toe examination including:
- Senses: eyes and ears
- Organs: heart, lungs, tummy and skin
- Anatomy and body structure: hips, feet and genitals
This check is done to ensure your baby is healthy and there are no abnormalities. If anything of concern is found, the paediatrician can take action straight away.
Can I ask questions?
Absolutely. The paediatrician is able to provide you with the answers to any questions you may have about your baby or their health.
They will also discuss the immunisations that are available.
Do you do another check before we go home?
Before you take your baby home, a second check will be done as confirmation that everything is on track and your baby is healthy and well enough to go home.
If anything does come up during your stay or you have concerns, a paediatrician is available throughout your hospital stay.
What about when we go home?
Following discharge, you will see your paediatrician or general practitioner (GP) for a check-up at about six weeks post-birth.