Families who choose our practice will have newborn care provided by the Neonatology services of local hospitals. Parents should call HealthPark Pediatrics as soon as possible to begin registration and reserve a follow-up appointment within 1-2 days of discharge. The hospitals will provide discharge information and HealthPark will have access to hospital records online. Please call with any questions 919-896-7066.
Infant Care Schedule
HealthPark Pediatrics follows the infant care schedule recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics which includes well visits to monitor healthy physical and mental development during the critical first few years of life.
Expectant parents who choose our practice can schedule the first check up within the first 1-2 days after arriving home from the hospital. The next appointments are generally scheduled at 3 weeks, then 2, 4 and 6 months. From there, appointments will be a little more spaced out at 9, 12, 15, 18 and 24 months before transitioning to annual well-child visits.
What to Expect
During your regular appointments in our clinic, you can expect several basic steps to monitor growth and progress This includes measuring your baby’s total length, weight, and head circumference, and going over their growth charts with them. A review of your baby’s birth history or history of what’s been happening since you were last in plus a complete physical exam is performed at each checkup including nutrition and developmental histories.
To cover behavioral and developmental aspects of your infant’s health, we’ll speak to you about your baby’s typical actions, reactions, or changing habits. Your doctor will also engage and watch your infant to explore their developmental milestones, often through fun play! Some visits include important developmental screening tools to get parental input as to how things are going. We will discuss what we’ve found at the visit and what to expect before your next visit too, developmentally, nutritionally and with growth.
For parents of a newborn boy, the decision whether or not to have him circumcised is a personal choice that may involve religious and/or cultural considerations.
If you request a circumcision on your newborn boy, our providers will perform the procedure in the hospital before you are discharged. If circumstances prevent your baby from being circumcised in the hospital or if you prefer to have him after discharge, we can perform this procedure in our office within the first four (4) weeks of life.
Please let us know at any time if you would like more information about the benefits or potential risks associated with this procedure.
If at any point between routine appointments you have questions or need to schedule an appointment with a physician, HealthPark Pediatrics offers sick visits by appointment Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:20 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Urgent visits may be scheduled after hours on weekdays between 5:30-6:30 p.m.
If you’re unsure whether an office visit is necessary, you can call our after-hours nurse triage line at 919-896-7066.