Health Checks For Your Baby

Health Checks For Your Baby - During the first week

Over the course of hours after childbirth, your child will undergo many tests. Here's the outline of what your doctor or obstetrician is looking for when testing.

What Tests Will My Child Undergo?

Your child will undergo some tests in the early hours of life. The first test is the Apgar measurement, which will be recorded by the obstetrician within one minute of your baby's birth and then again after five minutes.

The obstetrician can perform this test by observing your child's color, breathing, behavior, activity, and posture. This observation will tell you if your child has any urgent problems that require medical intervention.

Measure The Circumference of His Head.

These measurements will then be added to your child's growth chart. The obstetrician will give you the child's record when you leave the hospital. Allowing you to continue its development as it grows. Your newborn baby will be fully examined between 4 hours and 48 hours after birth. This time period gives your child time to adapt to the outside world and give room for immediate medical attention in the event of problems God forbid.

What Does The Examination Include?:

The examination includes your child from head to toe to check any problems or medical conditions.

  • Head:

    Your doctor or midwife will look at your baby's head shape. An enlarged or compact head is a very common feature of newborns. This occurs because your child's head is pressured to move through the birth canal and may change shape. It must return to normal automatically within 48 hours.

  • Ears and Eyes:

    Your obstetrician should look into your child's eyes to check for obvious problems. During the full examination, the doctor or obstetrician will light a binocular light into your child's eyes to look for a reflection of the red light and will have the same effect as a red light reflection on the eye due to flash photography. If the red light is reflected, the lens may be removed. Your child may be tested for hearing shortly after birth, whether in the hospital or in the clinic. The test is called acoustic emission in the ear. It will only take a few minutes and your child will not be hurt.

  • The Mouth:

    The doctor or obstetrician will place a finger in your child's mouth to make sure that the roof of his mouth is full and that he has a response to breastfeeding. A gap in the throat roof is called cleft palate, which requires surgery, and it may be difficult for your baby to breastfeed. Also check your child's tongue to check the condition of the bound tongue. It occurs when your child's tongue is fixed to the lower part of his or her mouth more than what is needed and restricts movement.

  • The Heart:

    Your doctor or obstetrician will listen to your child's heart with a doctor's ear to exclude any additional sounds or puffs of any heart roar. This is common in the first few days because your baby's blood flow pattern undergoes a big change when he is born.

    In the uterus, the side of your child's heart beats together. When your child takes his first breath, the two sides start working separately. At this point, your child's heart is working hard and may expand, but it will settle down over time.

  • The Lungs:

    Your doctor or obstetrician will listen to your baby's breathing and lung function using a stethoscope. The goal is to clearly listen to the air entering evenly in both lungs.

  • Genitals:

    Your child's genitals may look bloated and dark because they show your hormones before birth. These hormones may also cause congestion in your breasts regardless of your child's sex. During the first few weeks, female births may have vaginal, translucent, white or simple blood secretions as a result of these hormones.

    For male newborns, the scrotum is examined to detect the remaining testicle.

    Your doctor or obstetrician will check your child's back to make sure that the anus is in a normal position. She may ask if your child has urinated or taken out a dark patch.

  • Skin:

    Your baby's skin will be examined to detect birthmarks, including:

       • Storks bites (and red or purple V-shaped panties on the back of his neck)

       • Mongolian spots (dark blue spots, usually on the ass)

       • And strawberries or strawberries (red spots or protruding areas)

  • Hands and Feet:

    Your doctor or obstetrician will check your child's arms, hands, legs, and feet. His fingers and feet will be examined to make sure there is no skin between the fingers.

    You will check your child's comfort to see if there are two folds, calling the comfort folds, at his leisure. One long tuck is less common. However, there is one fold in one hand in 10 percent of people, and five percent have one paw in both hands.

  • Backbones:

    You will check the integrity of your child's spine. It is very common in infants to have a very small cavity at the base of the spine called the sacral ligament . In most cases, this cavity does not cause any problems. Sometimes, the deep sacral cavity may indicate a problem at the bottom of your child's spinal cord. This can affect nerve function in this area.

  • Hips:

    Your baby's hips will gently move to check the stability of the hips. These movements include opening his legs broadly and then flexing them and their individuality. If the person who is checking has detected any instability or scoliosis, further tests will be performed.

  • Response or Reaction:

    The newborn has many reactions such as sucking, clinging, and constipation. Your doctor or obstetrician will check this response to monitor your child. But if there are fears or you cannot see the reaction, your child may be encouraged to prove it.

    The most common response types tested during a test are the Moro reflex response. Your child's head will be left for a short distance, gently and safely. He will throw his arms out with his fingers and legs. May cry a little too. Rest assured your child will be fine and this feedback simply shows that everything is going well.