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Congratulations on your new baby!

 

Congratulations on your new baby!

Having a baby is one of the most rewarding experiences in your life. We are honored you are considering our practice to provide for your new baby's medical needs.

We encourage parents-to-be to schedule a prenatal visit. This visit allows expectant parents to become acquainted with us, tour our office, and ask questions regarding the birth of your baby.

It is usually convenient to schedule this visit during the last month of your pregnancy. Remember each pregnancy and each child is very different, so these visits are important and not just for the "first-timers"!

Please visit the Form & Policies on this website to download and complete your baby’s registration with our office. You can mail or Fax these forms to us or bring them to the visit. Doing this in advance to the visit, will allow you to concentrate on your new baby instead of completing paperwork and reading policies when you arrive.

 

Please Note:
A prenatal visit with our office is not required before your baby is born. If you would like Luis R. Rodriguez to be your baby’s doctor, simply tell your obstetrician and the hospital staff when you arrive at the hospital to give birth. The hospital will notify our office when your baby is born. Dr. Rodriguez will be in to see you and your baby when they do hospital rounds in the morning.

Our Two Basic Medical Questions for You: Please let us know (and remind us if appropriate after the baby is born) if you have had any major medical problems during this pregnancy (i.e., toxemia, bleeding, infections, etc.) or if you have any underlying medical condition requiring ongoing medical care and/or medication (e.g., epilepsy, diabetes, thyroid disease, unusual blood types, etc.). We also would want to know if there is any history in your immediate families of any hereditary, familial, or childhood diseases (e.g., hemophilia, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, etc.).

 

What Happens After the Baby is Born?: After the baby is born, the Pediatrician usually sees your newborn within a few hours of birth and will visit with you each morning to let you know how the baby is doing. We are happy to cooperate with your own physician in having you both go home as early as possible.

 

Baby Care While in the Hospital:

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Feeding Your Baby- while we are strong supporters of breast feeding, we believe that the mother should be the one to make that decision, and be comfortable with either breast or bottle feeding, since babies will do well on breast milk or formula.

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Nursing- We are firmly committed to breast feeding as the optimal nutrition for your baby. We will help you succeed by providing educational materials, verbal and personalized support. Don't be discouraged from nursing if you will be soon returning to work, for you can either continue to  breast feed and supplement with formula or breast milk, or wean the baby earlier if necessary. After the baby is born, it usually takes a few days or your milk to come in.

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Formula Feeding- We usually start our babies on  iron fortified cow's milk based formulas. If there is a history of cow's milk allergy or intolerance in the family, we would then recommend starting the baby on a soybean formula. The WIC (Women, Infants and Children) Program offers nutrition advice and provides the Carnation brand formulas and diet supplements for babies. These formulas are of the highest quality. They are comparable to Enfamil and Similac. For this reason, there is usually no medical reason to switch to either Similac or Enfamil from the Carnation Brand product. Please call us before you make any formula changes in order to avoid having feeding problems.

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Circumcision- If you would like your son circumcised, please let your obstetrician know, since he or she  would be the one to do the circumcision  at their office later on.

 

 

We're Committed to Keeping Your Baby Well! Many of our new babies already have older brothers and sisters who are patients here - it is for the consistency of care that we recommend all children of the same household be patients of the same practice.

 

We follow the schedule  of well-baby visits recommended by the Florida Agency of Health Care Administration. After your baby is discharged from the hospital, he/she would be seen at the office within the first week after being discharged. We then see the babies for their checkups in accordance with the recommended  schedule, or in accordance with your insurance coverage schedule. The number of well care visits may be modified for baby's with special medical needs. Immunizations are provided during the well visits checkups. Check out our Immunization Schedule Section also! At each visit, the child is weighed, measured, their motor and neurological development is reviewed, a full physical exam is performed, and safety, nutrition, and social development are discussed. These health maintenance visits are IMPORTANT!

 

SCHEDULE OF WELL BABY VISITS:

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1st Week

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1st Month

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2nd Month (with immunizations)

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4th Month (with immunizations)

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6th Month (with immunizations)

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9th Month (Hemoglobin test, Lead test, Sickle Cell Screening)

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12th Month (with immunizations)

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15th Month (with immunizations)

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18th Month (with immunizations)

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24th Month

SCHEDULE OF WELL CHILD VISITS:

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3- 18 Years   (Yearly Physical Exam)

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4 Year (with immunization boosters)

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11 Year (with immunizations)

 

Make your appointment now...don't miss your check-ups!!!

 

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