Congratulations on the birth of your baby!
The arrival of a new baby into a household is a time of great excitement. There is nothing in all life that is more beautiful than the birth of a new baby. God’s plan for bringing a new life into this world is truly a gift that is to be treasured. We at All For Kids stand in awe of the magnificence of this time in a couple’s life. The beauty of the birth of a baby is why many of us went into pediatrics in the first place. We share your great joy at the birth of your child!
As beautiful as the birth of a child is, it can also be a time of stress and apprehension for the parents. The most stressful times in the lives of families are the times when a family member is added or when one leaves. Thus, the birth of a child is one of those times of great stress. Mothers and fathers have a lot to deal with. The loss of privacy, the pain of childbirth, physical exhaustion, the initiation of feeding, cord care, jaundice problems, parental sleep deprivation, dirty diapers, maternal hormonal changes, vaginal trauma, sore breasts, C-section pain, marriage stress, paternal sexual deprivation, financial stress, job stress, infant crying, spitting up, immunizations, circumcision, the stress of dealing with overbearing grandparents and sibing rivalry, just to name a few, can all build up to cause problems even in the strongest of our parents over the first few days of a baby’s life. It’s no wonder that mothers regularly burst into tears after the birth of their child. There is a lot to the birth process. Thankfully, the stress of the new baby gradually eases over the first two to three months of life and life gets back to a more normal pace. By the time the new baby is four months of age, life is robust and extremely enjoyable again, with the baby’s place in the family being firmly established.
Our goal at All For Kids, is to help you successfully navigate this time of apprehension and stress. We hope that the topics covered here on our website and our printed handbooks will give you the information that will help you as you go through the process of bringing your baby into the world. On this part of our website, we talk about the initiation of breast feeding, formula feeding, what jaundice is and how we treat it, circumcision care, umbilical cord care, sleeping, and other topics. We also have a special message for fathers and a special message for grandparents.
Part of our practice is to care for newborn babies. We are trained to care for babies with these unique problems. We are on the professional staff of Baptist Health Medical Center, Little Rock. The process for letting us know that you have chosen our clinic for your newborn care, is simply to inform your nurse upon your registration at the hospital that All For Kids Pediatric Clinic will be providing the pediatric care for your child. We should be notified with this information. We generally make rounds on our newborn patients at Baptist Health- Little Rock between the hours of 7:00 and 10:00 am on the morning after their birth. If for some reason you have not seen one of our physicians by 10:00 am, please ask your hospital nurse for the reason for our delay. Alternatively, you can call our office number 501-224-5437 during regular office hours or 501-663-8400 at night or on weekends to speak with one of our physicians. Should you have a health concern about your newborn baby during your hospital stay, please don’t hesitate to contact us at the above contact numbers. We are happy to speak with you about your concerns by phone or if necessary in person.
Please be aware that newborns who are sick enough to be admitted to the Intensive Care Nursery are cared for by neonatologists at Baptist Health- Little Rock.
If your child is born at another hospital besides Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock, we would still be available to provide your child with pediatric care after the initial hospitalization. We like to see babies on the 3rd to 5th day of life for a checkup to ensure that they are in good health.
At our office, we also offer pre-natal visits for pregnant moms, so that you can get to know us before your baby arrives. You may call our office to schedule a pre-natal visit with one of our doctors.
The following pages have to do with issues that face newborn infants. Please read through these different pages.
- Tdap for parents of newborns
- Nutrition for babies
- Babies who develop jaundice (yellow skin color) should be seen within 24 hours of developing jaundice. Call the office at 501-224-KIDS (5437) to schedule an appointment.
- Newborn baby instructions