At 24/7 Pediatric Care Centers in Jacksonville, we welcome new parents-to-be from Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns and Baker counties with open arms. The prenatal visit is an important step in decision-making about where your newborn will receive routine pediatric care. That’s why we provide opportunities for you to meet with our pediatricians and nurses and tour the office most convenient to your home – whether at the Baymeadows or Beaches location.
Here are some questions to keep in mind when you make your prenatal visit:
- Who are the care providers who will be looking after your child? Are they friendly and easy to talk to? (Hint: Notice if there are lots of moms on staff to share their experience and good advice.)
- Is someone accessible for visits and calls for most of the day, weekends, or even around the clock?
- Are the examination and waiting rooms in the pediatrician’s office clean and safe?
- What paperwork is required to enroll with a pediatrics practice? Does the practice accept your insurance?
- What pediatrician visits are recommended from the time the baby is born through the first two years?
Once you decide on your pediatrician, expect to see a lot of him or her during the first few months! While the delivering hospital’s neonatologist and/or pediatricians may provide the initial exam within the first 24 hours, they’ll also notify your pediatrician, who will schedule your first visit to their office within the next week.
Overall, experts agree that newborns should be taken for routine pediatrician visits at 2 to 4 weeks, and then again at 2, 4, 6, 9 and 12 months. During the baby’s second year, visits should be at 15, 18 and 24 months of age. At each of these visits, your baby will receive the recommended immunizations according to set schedules. The visit will also include weight, height (length), head circumference measurements and body temperature. It’s a great time to discuss feeding and any baby behaviors that concern you.
Expect the Unexpected – Nights and Weekends
The arrival of a newborn and that baby’s growth and development during the early years can cause parents anxious days or nights when routine illnesses occur. Colds, fevers, and stomach upsets – even just unusual fussiness – are often cause for concern. New parents will find reassurance when they can talk with health care professionals during night or weekend hours.
Your prenatal visit is the time to find out about coverage for those off hours. At 24/7 Pediatric Care Centers you will learn that the practice is open 24/7. Routine hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., but a pediatric nurse is present by phone and/or in person overnight for routine non-life-threatening illnesses. Weekend appointments are available for both sick children and well visits, and those examinations are held in separate sections of the facility to avoid exposure to ill children.
Congratulations! You’ll soon be embarking on the adventure of a lifetime
If you’re thinking of joining our practice, be sure to call to schedule a prenatal visit. But after careful consideration about whichever practice you choose, look forward to a long and satisfying partnership that should last throughout your child’s pediatric care.