New Parents

All Star Pediatrics welcomes new patients. Choosing the right pediatrician for your child is one of the most important decisions you will make.  We welcome you to come to meet us!  Call our office to schedule a "Meet the Doctors" appointment.  By selecting All Star Pediatrics, you can feel confident and comfortable that you have made the right decision.

To understand what to expect for your child's first visit to our practice, please read through this page.

What to Expect

On the day of your child’sfirst visit to our office, we recommend arriving a few minutes early. This allows extra time for finishing up any registration forms and ensures you have plenty of time to get acquainted with our staff and office. We look forward to meeting you and joining with you to help your child maintain optimal health.

Please print and fill out the new patient forms before coming into the office for your visit.

Patient Forms

Information for New Parents

Welcome to our practice. These pages are designed to answer some of the basic newborn questions you may have. Please select a topic from the list below to learn more.

Breast Feeding

If you are breast feeding, it may take a few days for your milk to come in. Most babies nurse every 1 ½ to 3 hours around the clock. Nursing 10-20 minutes per side is usually sufficient for your newborn. Longer nursing sessions may make you sore.

If you are bottle feeding, your baby will take 1-2 ounces per feeding every 3-4 hours. By the end of two weeks most babies take 3-4 ounces per feeding.

Some breast fed babies need supplementation with formula or pumped breast milk. Most babies feed on an as needed basis. Some intervals may be longer or shorter between feedings. No cereal is needed until at least 4 months. We will discuss introduction to solids in the office. Some babies will need vitamins. Babies that are breast fed may need additional vitamin D in the first few months.

Call The Doctor

  • If your newborn has a fever of 100.5 or greater rectally.
  • If your baby refuses to eat for 2 or more feedings.
  • If you have not noticed a wet diaper every 6-8 hours.
  • If your baby vomits (not just spit up) more than once.
  • If your baby is irritable and inconsolable (not colicky) for several hours.
  • If your baby is having trouble breathing or turning blue.

Genitals

Many females have a vaginal discharge that is normal. The vernix that is in the genital area can remain there. If it is stool tinged it may be wiped until it is white again.

Boys who are circumcised usually have Vaseline and gauze for the first 24 hours. Then Vaseline is used at the circumcision site for 5 days. Do not use a wipe on the area for the first week as it may sting.

Misc.

Most newborns are stuffy and have sniffles. Nasal saline can be used if the stuffiness is interfering with the baby’s feeding or sleeping. Many babies hiccup and sneeze. This is normal. Your baby should go home in the car seat in the rear seat facing the rear. You should have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors at home. No one should smoke around the baby. Do not give your baby any medicine for the first few months without first discussing it with us.

Most babies need one extra layer of clothing than you are wearing for the first months. A blanket may be the extra layer or a onesie. Babies should avoid direct sunlight and only use sun screen if it is necessary for the first few months.

Skin

Bathing your newborn every other day to twice a week is sufficient. Soaps and shampoos are optional for the first few weeks. Most babies have a transitional skin that is dry and flaky during the first few weeks of life. Moisturizing is unnecessary. Once the skin sheds a layer it will be fine.

Babies should only have a sponge bath until the cord falls off. Diapers should be rolled down so the cord is not covered. The cord should be left to air dry. The cord usually falls off in 1-4 weeks and may bleed as it is ready to fall off and that is normal.

Some babies look yellow (jaundice) in the first week. If your baby shows signs of jaundice before discharge we will discuss it with you.

Sleep

Babies should be put to sleep in a crib or bassinette with a firm mattress covered by a thin sheet (no pillows, stuffed animals, bumpers or sleep positioners).  Newborns can be swaddled with a receiving blanket for the first few months.  Babies should sleep on their backs to decrease the risk of SIDS.  When awake, a baby can have tummy time if they are being watched.  Initially babies may have their days and nights mixed up.  Try to make the night feedings very subdued.  If your baby sleeps for a 5-6 hour stretch in the day try to wake the baby after 3 hours.  Babies will usually give you only one long stretch of sleep in a 24 hour period.

Stool

A breast fed baby will have a watery stool every feeding once breast feeding is established. By two months the baby may stool less frequently and even skip days. A formula fed baby may stool less frequently and it may be more solid (peanut butter to play dough) in consistency.

Your First Visit

Your first visit will be in 2-3 days from discharge. We are available during office hours for routine questions and by pager after hours for emergencies.

Immunizations will begin at the 2 month visit.