Well Care and Immunizations

Newborn / Baby Care & Feeding

Guiding new parents through baby’s first year and beyond is a top priority at Advanced Pediatrics. The following newborn and baby care articles have been written by Advanced Pediatric Associates and Pediatric Web. Should you have any questions regarding the following care recommendations, please call our Nurse Line at 303-699-6200, Option 2.

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Well Care and Immunizations

Importance of a Medical Home

Consistent continuity of care is important to providing your baby with optimal health. Advanced Pediatrics prides itself on being a “Medical Home” and recognizes the importance of providing a wide variety of services for our families to meet their varying needs.  Each time your baby is seen for an appointment in one of our offices, or you speak with one of our nurses or the after-hours service, information is integrated into your baby’s medical record to ensure it is complete and care is consistent. When we are closed, our after-hours service through Children’s Hospital Colorado extends the same advice patients would receive from our office. 

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Well Care Visits

Routine  well  care  exams  and  immunizations  play  an  important role in keeping your baby healthy. Our providers look forward to getting to know you and your baby better at  these important visits and encourage you to bring a list of any questions you would like to discuss. In addition to a thorough physical exam and recommended immunizations, well care exams provide an opportunity for our providers to monitor your baby’s growth and development and discuss age specific health, behavior and safety issues. To assist us in assessing your baby’s development, we will ask you to fill out an “Ages & Stages” developmental screening questionnaire for all well care visits between the ages of 2 months through 5  years. 

Your baby should be seen in our office within 1 – 3 days of being discharged from the hospital for a “First Well Baby Visit.” (Some newborns will need to be seen in our office several times during the first few weeks of life until weight gain is established or any jaundice has cleared). Consistent with the American Academy  of Pediatrics, we recommend the following schedule for well baby care exams (*indicates routine immunizations):

2 weeks

2 months*

4 months*

6 months*

9 months

12 months*

15 months*

18 months*

2 years

Well care visits may be made three months in advance, so we recommend making an appointment for your next well care when you are in our office.

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Immunizations

Prior to the creation of today’s vaccines, thousands—and sometimes millions—of children became infected with diseases that resulted in lifelong disabilities or death. Childhood vaccines are safe and save lives. We recommend that all children receive all of the recommended vaccines according to the schedule published by the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of  Pediatrics.


1ST YEAR VACCINES PROTECT AGAINST:
 

Hepatitis B  •  Diphtheria  •  Tetanus  •  Pertussis (whooping cough)  •  Haemophilus Influenzae B  •  Polio  •  Pneumococcal Disease  •  Rotavirus  • Measles  •  Mumps  •  Rubella  •  Chickenpox  •  Hepatitis A

Approximately 25% of children have temporary symptoms after receiving vaccines. These temporary symptoms may include pain, swelling, redness, itching or hives at the injection site, fussiness and fever for up to 2 days. These common reactions mean that your baby’s body is producing new antibodies to protect against disease. Applying a cold pack to the area for 20 minutes as needed may help with pain and swelling. If you are concerned about fever, pain, hives or other immunization symptoms, please call our Nurse Line at 303-699-6200. Please consult our Nurse Line (or After-Hours Service) before giving Acetaminophen (Tylenol) to babies under 3 months of age. Ibuprofen (Motrin) should not be given to babies under 6 months of age.

Scientific-based studies and current literature have proven that vaccines do not cause autism or other developmental disabilities. In order to have enough time allocated during well care visits, we request that parents schedule a separate “immunization consultation visit” if they wish to discuss concerns regarding vaccinating their baby according to the recommended schedule. Parents who choose not to vaccinate their baby will be required to sign a “Refusal to Vaccinate” form. For more information on well care and immunizations, please visit the Well Care / Immunizations page of our website or www.immunizeforgood.com.

Written by Advanced Pediatric Associates

Reviewed July 2015

 

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Disclaimer:  If you are not a patient of Advanced Pediatric Associates, we recommend that you consult with your own physician regarding health concerns. This information is provided as a guide to our patients, but in no way replaces the advice given by our staff. Occasionally, advice given by our providers or nurse line may vary slightly from that offered by Pediatric Web and its contributors. If you are unsure of any issue regarding your child's health, please call our Patient Care Line at (303) 699-6200. 

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