Overview of the routine management of the healthy newborn infant
- Tiffany M McKee-Garrett, MD
Tiffany M McKee-Garrett, MD
- Associate Professor of Pediatrics
- Baylor College of Medicine
After birth, most newborn infants require only routine care to make a successful transition to extrauterine life.
The major components of routine care for the term (gestational age [GA] ≥38 weeks), early term (GA between 37 to 37 6/7 weeks), and late preterm (GA between 35 to 36 6/7 weeks) neonate are:
●Delivery room and transitional care, including early bonding
●Newborn assessment including a comprehensive review of the maternal history and a complete physical examination
●Prophylaxis care to prevent serious disorders
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- DELIVERY ROOM CARE
- Apgar score
- Transitional period
- ROUTINE CARE
- Eye care
- - Technique
- Vitamin K
- - Preterm infants
- Umbilical cord
- Hepatitis B vaccination
- Newborn screening
- - Hearing loss
- - Metabolic and genetic disorders
- - Critical congenital heart disease
- - Weight loss
- Glucose screening
- Newborn circumcision
- LENGTH OF HOSPITAL STAY
- Discharge criteria
- Discharge legislation
- FOLLOW-UP VISIT
- INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS
- SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS