It is recommended that within 24 hours of birth, a newborn has a thorough medical evaluation. These types of exams are beneficial to identify any abnormalities which may impede natural development.
After the initial exam, in the hospital, newborns are examined every day until discharge. Within two to four days of discharge, another exam will be scheduled. Additional newborn exams are set-up as needed until the one month regularly scheduled well child check-up. Each situation will differ due to the unique needs of newborns.
A newborn exam begins with measurements. The measurements will be plotted on a chart to determine proper growth. A thorough physical examination will then be performed. Parents will also be asked a series of questions concerning your baby's social and motor skills to access development. Anticipatory guidance will be provided so parents can understand what to expect during the first months of their newborn’s life. Recommendations for future immunizations will also be made.