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    Newborn Care for First-Time Parents

    Last updated 1 day 19 hours ago

    The moment that you bring home your newborn from the hospital can be an exhilarating and overwhelming experience. If you are a first-time parent, no matter how many newborn care classes you have attended, you may be wondering how to properly take care of the small life that is now in your hands. Your pediatrician can be a great resource during these first few days and weeks, and the following tips can help you handle the basic newborn care needs.

    Feeding
    While in the hospital, the maternity staff may have already discussed the steps of bottle-feeding or breastfeeding your newborn with you. However, even if you know the basics of feeding your baby, she may not be initially responsive to your efforts. Being persistent and patient is essential for new mothers and fathers when encouraging a newborn to suckle.

    Sleeping
    During the first few weeks of life, most newborns have no discernable sleeping schedule. As a result, you may find yourself exceptionally tired as you experience erratic sleep patterns. It is important for first-time parents to become familiar with proper sleeping positions for their babies. Pediatricians typically recommend back sleeping, as it can decrease the risk of sudden infant death syndrome. Though blankets and stuffed animals may appear friendly and comforting, keeping them out of the crib can also enhance your baby’s safety.

    Bathing
    Newborns normally need only a few baths a week. It’s important to use only a sponge and warm water for baths until your baby’s umbilical cord falls off. Once this happens, you can switch to tub bathing. When bathing your newborn, it is critical to keep her in your sight at all times. Even with only a few inches of water, a baby can drown if left alone. Keeping water at a moderate temperature is also important for avoiding burns.

    Do you have more questions about your newborn’s care? Call Lee’s Summit Physicians Group today at (816) 524-5600 to speak with one of our friendly pediatricians about your concerns. If you live in the Blue Springs area, you can reach Blue Springs Pediatrics at (816) 554-6520. Our Raintree Pediatrics office is also available to residents in the greater Independence region. To schedule a consultation at our Raintree location, call (816) 525-4700.

    Get to know Dr. Sauer!

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Dr. Sauer is a board certified pediatrician who graduated from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 1998. She completed her pediatric residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital in 2001 and joined the staff of Lee’s Summit Physicians Group immediately after. Dr. Sauer chose the field of medicine because her mom is a nurse. Dr. Sauer enjoys spending time with her family, attending Nebraska Cornhusker sporting events and all things Disney and Mickey Mouse.

    Flu Vaccine Guidelines for Children

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Influenza, or the flu, is a dangerous illness that can sometimes result in death. Pediatricians strongly urge parents to have their youngsters vaccinated against the flu to help prevent infection and the need for hospitalization. Children with certain health problems, including asthma and diabetes, are at a particularly high risk of succumbing to complications from the flu. If you have any questions about getting your child vaccinated, contact a local pediatric care specialist. You can learn more about flu vaccines for children below.

    Flu Vaccines
    The flu vaccine is different every year. Health experts formulate the vaccine to guard against the specific types of flu viruses that are expected to be most prevalent that particular year. Trivalent vaccines, or traditional flu vaccines, offer protection from three common flu viruses. They are the H1N1 virus and H3N2 virus, both of which are influenza A viruses, and an influenza B virus. However, depending on the year, your pediatrician might recommend that your child receive the quadrivalent flu vaccine. This flu vaccine guards against all three of the traditional flu viruses, along with another strain that is expected to spread in that particular year.

    Vaccination Schedules
    Current pediatric guidelines recommend that all children ages six months and up receive the seasonal flu vaccine. This is particularly important for children with chronic health conditions. Children who are six months through eight months of age should have two doses of the flu vaccine. The second dose should be given at least 28 days following the first dose. Typically, children receive protection from the flu virus about two weeks after the second dose.

    Lee’s Summit Physicians Group offers a flu shot program for our young patients. Our pediatricians encourage local parents to bring their little ones in for a well-child checkup and to discuss flu vaccinations. To schedule an appointment with a pediatrician, visit our website or call (816) 524-5600 to reach our Lee’s Summit clinic, (816) 554-6520 to reach Blue Springs Pediatrics, or (816) 525-4700 to reach Raintree Pediatrics.

    Spotlight on Dr. Dyson!

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Dr. Dyson graduated from the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana in 2009. She completed her residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital in 2013 and joined the Lee’s Summit Physicians Group immediately following her residency. She is Board Certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Before starting medical school, Dr. Dyson spent seven years serving in the United States Air Force. Dr. Dyson enjoys art, architecture, photography and traveling with her husband.

    What Is Colic in Newborns?

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Does your newborn cry for hours at a time even when fed and dry? It is possible that despite your best efforts to keep your newborn comfortable, he may still have bouts of uncontrollable crying. Pediatricians often refer to these periods of extreme distress as colic.

    Perhaps the most frustrating part of colic is that newborn care experts do not know what exactly contributes to it. However, parents can take solace in knowing that colic is only a temporary part of a newborn’s life. In many cases, it subsides by the time a baby reaches his fourth or fifth month. If you have a colicky newborn, speak to your baby’s doctor about it. In many cases, pediatricians can suggest options to soothe upset babies.

    Are you worried about your baby’s colic? For more information on this condition, call Lee’s Summit Physicians Group at (816) 524-5600. Residents in the greater Independence region can contact our Raintree Pediatrics clinic at (816) 525-4700. For those living in Blue Springs, our Blue Springs Pediatrics location can be reached by calling (816) 554-6520.

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