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Overview of the routine management of the healthy newborn infant

Tiffany M McKee-Garrett, MD
Section Editor
Leonard E Weisman, MD
Deputy Editor
Melanie S Kim, MD


After birth, most full term infants (gestational age [GA] >39 weeks) and early term infants (GA 37 0/7 to 38 6/7 weeks) require normal neonatal routine care to make a successful transition to extrauterine life. Depending on hospital policy, late preterm infants (GA 34 0/7 to 36 6/7 weeks) who are >35 weeks and well appearing may also only require routine care and may be admitted and cared for in the newborn nursery (neonatal level of care 1).

Routine management of the healthy newborn (GA >35 weeks) will be reviewed here. The assessment of the newborn is discussed in greater detail elsewhere. (See "Assessment of the newborn infant".)


The major components of routine care of the 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

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