Newborn Care Specialist

Pediatric Associates of Plano

Pediatricians located on campus of Texas Health Presbyterian Plano Hospital, Plano, TX

To get your baby started on a path to optimal health and wellness, Theresa Shouse, MD, and the board-certified pediatricians at Pediatric Associates of Plano provide comprehensive newborn care services. At their office in Plano, Texas, the medical team offers in-office newborn evaluations after your discharge from the hospital. The pediatric team also provides in-hospital newborn care visits at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano. To learn more about newborn care services, schedule a consultation during your pregnancy or after your delivery by calling the office or using the online booking tool.

Newborn Care

What newborn care services are available?

To ensure the newest member of your family is in optimum health, the Pediatric Associates of Plano medical team provides comprehensive newborn care services including:

  • Routine wellness checks
  • Same-day sick visits
  • In-office lab work
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Bathing and hygiene
  • Circumcision and umbilical cord care

The physicians can also customize a timeline for giving your infant the vaccinations recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you’re not planning to vaccinate your baby, you can discuss your wishes with the pediatric staff, who can recommend other methods for preventing contagious diseases like measles, and other health complications.

As part of their commitment to preventive health care, the team at Pediatric Associates of Plano provides support and guidance for new and experienced parents to make caring for a newborn more efficient and less stressful.

When should I schedule an appointment for my newborn?

In preparation for the birth of your child, you can contact the staff at Pediatric Associates of Plano in advance of your delivery date to learn more about the pediatric and newborn care services. The team can also provide you with a tour of the office, so you can familiarize yourself with the staff and on-site services.

If you plan to deliver at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano, the pediatric team can visit you during your hospital stay to evaluate the health of your baby soon after birth and continue to provide you with services in their offices on the same campus.

If you’ve already delivered, you should schedule your initial newborn evaluation a few days after leaving the hospital to ensure your baby is in good health and to start building a relationship with the experienced pediatricians.

What happens during a newborn evaluation?

During your baby’s first wellness exam, your provider at Pediatric Associates of Plano reviews details about your labor and delivery and your family health history. They perform a comprehensive physical of your baby, noting important details about their health like:

  • Weight and length
  • Head circumference
  • Skin health
  • Heart rhythm
  • Lung function

The physicians also ask you about your baby’s feeding and elimination habits, and they perform certain developmental assessments that test your baby’s muscle strength and flexibility.

As part of your newborn’s initial well check, your Pediatric Associates of Plano provider discusses necessary vaccinations that help protect your child from contagious diseases while their immune system is still developing.

If your baby has existing health issues, your pediatrician can discuss options for treatment and continue to monitor their health through follow-up visits.

To schedule your newborn care consultation, call Pediatric Associates of Plano today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.