Well Baby Plan

Childhood is a time of rapid growth and change. Well-baby exams are important in making sure that your baby is growing and developing properly. If there are problems, you can catch them early. This means that there is a better chance for treatment.


At Distinct HealthCare, a well-baby exam typically begins with measurements of your baby's length, weight, head circumference and body mass index (BMI) and evaluation of your baby's motor skills and behavioral development by an experienced nurse. We adopt established methods in screening motor and behavioral problems, such as DSST (Denver Developmental Screening Test) and GDO-R (Gesell Developmental Observation-Revised).


A pediatrician then conducts a thorough physical exam for your baby, including the following basics:

§   Head. Our doctor will check the soft spots on your baby's head and the shape of your baby’s head.

§   Ears. Our doctor will check for fluid or infection in your baby's ears. He or she might observe your baby's response to various sounds, including your voice.

§   Eyes. The doctor might look for blocked tear ducts and eye discharge. He or she might also look inside your baby's eyes with an instrument called an ophthalmoscope.

§   Heart and lungs. Our doctor will listen to your baby's heart and lungs with a stethoscope to detect any abnormal heart sounds or rhythms or breathing difficulties.

§   Abdomen. By gently pressing your baby's abdomen, our doctor can detect tenderness, enlarged organs or an umbilical hernia.

§   Hips and legs. Our doctor might move your baby's legs to check for dislocation or other problems with the hip joints.

§   Genitalia. Our doctor will likely inspect your baby's genitalia for tenderness, lumps or other signs of infection. For girls, the doctor might ask about vaginal discharge. For boys, the doctor will make sure both testes have descended into the scrotum.

(Unless your baby has special needs or concerns, lab tests aren't needed at most well-baby exams.)


After the physical exam, it is time for raising questions and concerns about your baby’s development, behavior, and general well-being, such as eating, sleeping, toilet training, social behaviors, as well as attention and learning problems. Nothing is too trivial when it comes to caring for your baby. Frequently discussed topics include:

§   Breast feeding vs. formula feeding

§   When and how to introduce solid foods?

§   How to place your baby to sleep to ensure safety?

§   How to train good sleeping habit?

§   Tips on language development and social development

§   Setting boundaries between acceptable and unacceptable behaviors

§   Vaccination and prevention of infectious diseases


Finally, if you're feeling depressed, stressed out or rundown, your baby's doctor is there to help you, too.


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