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What is the paediatrician’s role in my baby’s first few days?

The first few days in a baby’s life are a busy time for both you and your baby. Paediatrician Dr Mohammad Jehangir explains what you can expect from your baby’s paediatrician at this time.

St John of God Health Care paediatrician role after birth 

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.

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Mohammad Jehangir Paediatrician

About the Author

Dr Mohammad Jehangir is an experienced paediatrician and is the Head of Department Neonatology at St John of God Mt Lawley Hospital.

After completing his MBBS at King Edward Medical College and Mayo Hospital, Lahore, he undertook specialist paediatric medicine at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, one of the world’s largest hospitals with over 3200 beds. Dr Jehangir then completed his DCH in 1994 and Fellow of College of physicians of South Africa in 1998. He practised for two years as specialist consultant paediatrician in Johannesburg before migrating to Australia in 2001. Royal Australasian College recognised his South African training and awarded him FRACP in 2004. Dr Jehangir has been working as consultant paediatrician in Australia since 2001 and teaching medical students at The University of Western Australia and the University Notre Dame (Fremantle).