New Parent Info/Forms
New Parent Info/Forms
The anticipation of the arrival of your baby can be exciting and anxious. We are available to help answer your questions and make your transition smoother. Currently all of our Doctors are accepting newborns.
We recommend that you call our office to make an appointment the day you arrive home from the hospital. This way, if there were specific events that occurred during your hospital stay, you will be able to relay these to the receptionist, and she will be able to allow ample time for your first appointment with the doctor. Downloading and completing the Family History, New Patient, and Privacy Forms will help your visit go much more smoothly.
We try to make your baby’s first several appointments the first of the morning or the afternoon. This is to avoid larger crowds. We do have separate well and ill waiting rooms.
If you have a baby boy, then we will speak to you about circumcisions. Try to decide on whether or not you would like a circumcision prior to delivery. We prefer to do a circumcision while your baby is still in the hospital, given that everything is medically stable. There tends to be minimal bleeding and less crying if done earlier rather than later.
Remember….your time in the hospital after delivery is practice. Don’t worry if your baby is sleepy and only interested in feeding every 4 hrs. He or she will have one wet diaper the first day and 2 the next day on average. Utilize the lactation specialist while you are there if you’re planning on breastfeeding. Although all of our doctors recommend breastfeeding as the optimal choice for your baby, we are here to work with you to help you make the right decision for your family.
Below are a few forms that you can download, print, and complete before your appointment. The first 5 will be required on your first visit and at least yearly thereafter. Please notify the front desk of any changes to your information when you arrive.
You can schedule well visits up to 3 months in advance. It is recommended that you call or stop by the front desk to make an appointment as soon as you can after your child’s most recent visit. You will receive a reminder call regarding your scheduled appointment, but we do not give reminders for when those visits should be. Below is the recommended schedule.
We know that making a decision on a specific doctor in the practice can be difficult. You may have been referred to a specific doctor, or you may be able to make the decision based on who sees your baby in the nursery at the hospital. There may be several visits within the first month of your baby’s life. We realize that this is an important decision, and prefer that one of our doctors gets to know your child well. This will help with continuity of care and with communication to the other doctors in the practice. Most certainly you will come to know each of us at some point or another for the common illnesses children tend to get. Most families get comfortable with 2 or 3 physicians, so that if their regular doctor is not in that day, they can see someone else that they feel comfortable with.
The doctors in our practice use care in determining whether your child needs antibiotics for an illness. This decision is explained to the parents and signs and symptoms of worsening illness are discussed. The overuse of antibiotics has yielded to resistant organisms, some of which include the MRSA bacteria and others which can cause invasive disease.
We all practice the belief of fully immunizing your child. We do not believe that vaccines harm children, but we have seen the diseases that can be prevented by them seriously harm or kill children in our lifetime. If you have concerns regarding the vaccine schedule, we can discuss this at each appointment. Some helpful websites regarding immunizations include: www.vaccine.chop.edu, www.vaers.org, www.immunizationinfo.org, www.immunize.org, www.pkids.org, www.vaccinesafety.edu.
We follow the current AAP recommended immunization schedule. For the most up to date schedule, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf
****** you may give your child a dose of Tylenol before you leave the house for his or her well child appointment if he or she will be receiving
immunizations for dosing see "Pediatric Advice"
A concise article addressing immunization concerns
AAP Guide from Birth to 5 years
Heading Home with your Newborn: from birth to reality
The Happiest Baby on the Block
We work closely with Chris Harter. She is available to meet at our office with you regarding breastfeeding concerns and questions. She also has a supply of pumps and equipment that you can rent from her if you are uncertain as to how long you will be breastfeeding.
Her contact information is below
Office number (614) 832-4193
Cabinet Clues: What to stock up on when new baby arrives
- Digital thermometer
- Vaseline or Aquaphor
- Nasal aspirator (Suction Bulb)
- Saline spray or drops
- Diaper Cream with zinc oxide
- Clotrimazole cream (anti-fungal)
- Antibiotic ointment (Polysporin or generic)
- Plastic syringe
- Liquid antacid
- Oral re-hydrating solution (Pedialyte or generic)
- Infant acetaminophen
- Hydrocortisone cream
- Band aids
- Vitamin E cream
- Baby Eucalyptus or mentholated vapor rub
- Infant gas drops (i.e. simethicone)
We have many families in our practice that have experienced adoption. We encourage you to meet with one of our doctors for a meet-and-greet session and notify us of your specific situation. This will allow for an easier transition.
Before traveling, especially overseas, please refer to the Center for Disease Control website for information on vaccination and disease prevention.