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Posted in Medshield Wellness   |   August 17th, 2020
It’s Child Health month and we’re discussing health checks for infants! It’s a way of recording the growth of your baby, so that should things go wrong, then it’s picked up early and treated appropriately. But remember, babies, like adults, come in all shapes and sizes, so when it comes to health checks, please remember that it doesn’t really matter where your child “comes” on the charts that Doctors use to record baby’s measurements – they are called Percentile Charts – as long as your baby is thriving and growing, then all is generally well.
At the first examination, usually 6 weeks after your baby was born, your Doctor will measure the height, weight and head circumference of you infant and record it on the Percentile Chart. At each subsequent visit these will be measured and recorded to confirm that baby is growing normally.
Next will come a head to toe physical examination:
All the while the Doctor will be reviewing the skin to look for abnormal blemishes and rashes that may be a sign of future skin disease. They will also be asking questions, depending on the age of your infant, such as:
And it will also be a time when you can ask questions too, so make a list. Often there is so much going on at this first visit, and its difficult to remember everything you promised yourself you were going to ask! Also, don’t be afraid to tell your Doctor if you’re finding it difficult to cope – a very common scenario with multiple births – or if you’re having feeding difficulties or nipple soreness: everyone is on your side because everyone wants you and baby to thrive in the best possible way: so be open and be honest.
Finally, 6 weeks marks the beginning of the Immunisation process, so remember to stay relaxed, hold you baby close to you and talk to them: if you use a soother, then make sure you don’t leave it in the car!
This is the beginning of the long career we call parenthood: there is no “Instruction Manual”, so it takes a team to ensure that your child has the very best opportunity in life. The medical part of the team is there to help and support you – don’t be afraid to use it!
Remember, #MedshieldMom, your child’s immunisation programme as per the Department of Health Protocol and specific age groups is covered under the Wellness Benefit on all Medshield plans.
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DISCLAIMER: The information on this blog post is for educational purposes only, and is not intended as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you are experiencing symptoms or need health advice, please consult a healthcare professional.
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