New moms are inundated with lists of information about what they should be doing – and expecting – when pregnant. By the time the third trimester rolls around, most are borderline experts on gestation and have a detailed birth plan written down. But everything changes once a child is born. Pregnancy ends, and a new journey begins. Instincts go a long way in caring for a new baby, but most parents also rely heavily on the advice and expertise of their healthcare provider.
Did you know?
Mothers can benefit from the advice of a pediatrician concerning:
- The umbilical cord
- Difficulty with breastfeeding
- Developmental milestones
- Baby-proofing the house
- Sudden health scares, such as a first fever
- Teaching a child to sleep through the night
- Behavioral issues
- Water and sun safety
- And much more
Frequently Asked Questions
Should I consult with my child’s pediatrician about my role as a parent?
Yes. While it is true that no one knows your child better than you do, your pediatrician can offer helpful advice that could benefit both you and your child. If possible, meet with your child’s pediatrician in a prenatal consultation prior to birth. This is an excellent time to get to know your child’s doctor and ask any questions you may already have.
What type of counsel should I expect from my child’s pediatrician?
Your child’s pediatrician is a resource for all topics pertaining to your child’s health and development. You should feel comfortable with your pediatrician and feel at ease communicating your questions or concerns.
When can I discuss my concerns with my child’s pediatrician?
Your child will visit the pediatrician’s office for frequent wellness exams during the first two years of life. While this is an opportunity to ask some questions, you may want to schedule a separate appointment to have a complete discussion with your child’s doctor. Your child’s pediatrician may also provide you with a phone number that you can call to speak with a physician’s assistant or nurse about any symptoms your child is experiencing.
We understand how hectic life can be, so it is our goal to make RCC accessible and convenient for your family. We have two offices in the Arlington area. We also offer Saturday hours for your sick child and it is by appointment only. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff works hard to make your visits to our office as smooth as possible.