North Willow Grove Pediatrics
North Willow Grove Pediatrics
North Willow Grove Pediatrics

Services

  • Preventative Well Visits
  • Same Day Sick Visits
  • Immunization Administration
  • Asthma Care

Frequently Asked Questions

Breastfeeding - Breast milk is the best food for your infant. There are many ways to successfully initiate breastfeeding. There is no need to go longer than 5 minutes on each breast initially. You can increase as your nipples tolerate. Your milk will come in in 3 - 4 days and by that time you should be feeding 10 minutes on each side. You may then choose one of many techniques for breastfeeding.

New PatientsFormula Feeding - If you choose not to breastfeed or cannot, nutrition can be supplied by formula. When using formula, the bottles and nipples need to be cleaned thoroughly with soap and water (or dishwasher). There is no need to boil bottles or nipples. There is no need to boil the water unless it is from a potentially contaminated source (a well). The formula, either concentrate or powder, can be mixed with regular tap water.

Concentrate: Equal parts concentrate and water

Powder: 1 scoop to 2 oz of water

Put 1 oz more of formula in bottle than the infant drinks ie: if the baby drinks 4 oz, than all bottles should have 5 oz, etc.

Amount of formula in each feeding depends on your particular infant's needs.

It is not necessary to heat formula.

While being "sterile" is not necessary, being clean is. Do not let formula sit out at room temperature for more than 1 hour or it may become contaminated.

Scheduling - Feed the baby on demand for the first 1 - 2 weeks so you and the baby can find the best schedule for the both of you, 6 - 8 feedings every 3 1/2 - 4 1/2 hours is nice. Some breastfed babies may need more frequent feedings. A baby who is feeding well does not need to be awakened at night for a feeding. Tap water or slightly sweetened water may be given between feedings if the baby needs it, but it is not necessary.

Pacifier may be used if your baby needs it. Some babies need to suck more than they need to eat.

Jaundice - It is common for babies to have jaundice. The jaundice will peak at 3 - 4 days. This is normal and not usually a cause for concern. The yellow color is best detected on the abdomen by pressing on the skin, squeezing out the red and seeing the yellow color below. The eyes and face are unreliable, so don't use them. If the yellow color seems intense, treatment may be necessary. Please call us, and we will order a bilirubin level on your child. Breastfed infants tend to be more jaundiced than non- breastfed and that is normal. Jaundice will usually fade without treatment.

Circumcision - Apply Vaseline or A & D Ointment to the circumcision to prevent sticking to the diaper. It takes about 7 days to heal. After it heals, there is no need for the ointment.

Cord Care - Soap and water is good for cleansing the cord, use of alcohol is not any more beneficial than soap and water.

Bathing - Sponge bathing is all that is necessary until the cord falls off. We prefer mild moisturizing soaps like Dove, which can be used from head to toe. You can cleanse the scalp with Dove or Head & Shoulders Shampoo. A medium strength toothbrush can be used to remove scales (cradle cap). After bathing, a moisturizing cream or lotion like Eucerin can be applied, especially if the skin is dry. Never use bubble bath or detergent in the tub. Baby oil and powders are not recommended. We prefer mild detergents like Dreft or All for clothes. Dryer sheets and softener can be irritating to the skin.

Diaper Area - Cleansing with water with each diaper change is preferred. Diaper wipes without alcohol can be used if they do not irritate the skin. You can then apply a cream such as Eucerin or Balmex. If your baby develops a diaper rash that persists, call for further instruction.

Stuffy Nose - The air is dry and the baby's nose can easily become dry. Saline nose drops such as Nasal and Ocean are available over the counter or you can mix your own with 1 tsp salt to 1 pint of water (1/2 tsp to 8 oz). You may insert 1 - 2 drops if the baby seems stuffy. You will find a cool mist vaporizer/humidifier useful when your baby is congested and keep room temperature 68 - 70 in the winter (75 in summer w/air conditioning).

Eye Care - Babies frequently have blocked tear ducts causing "matter" to collect in the eyes. Cleanse with wet cotton and massage the inner corner of the eye next to the nose with your finger or a Q-tip.
Our staff keeps growing! Currently we have on staff, 4 Board Certified Pediatricians and 4 Certified Nurse Practitioners to treat your children.

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