When should I take my baby to a first doctor's visit?

Babies are usually checked by a health care provider within the first week of going home from the hospital. At this first visit your health care provider will:

  • Weigh your baby and measure his length and head circumference.
  • Check for signs of jaundice.
  • Check on how feeding is going for you and your baby.
  • Do a general physical exam.
  • Ask how the family is adjusting.
  • Complete any screening tests that were not done at the hospital