Newborn Care Specialist

Valley Pediatric Health

Board Certified Pediatricians located in El Centro, CA

You want the best for your precious newborn baby, and that includes the best medical care possible. At Valley Pediatric Health in El Centro, California, Ameen Alshareef, MD, Luana Self, NP, and their friendly team ensure that your newborn gets the immunizations and newborn care they need. Your pediatrician should examine your newborn within 24 hours after birth. To learn more about newborn care, meet with the pediatric team, or to schedule an appointment, simply phone the friendly Valley Pediatric Health office staff or use the convenient online form today.

Newborn Care Q & A

When should I arrange for newborn care?

You should decide which pediatrician to use for newborn care before your baby is born. Your pediatrician first examines your baby within 24 hours after birth. If you or your baby had medical problems during pregnancy, your pediatrician stands at the birth, too.

What happens during the first exam?

After a healthy delivery, your pediatrician observes and examines your newborn carefully. The exam includes:

  • Measuring length and head circumference
  • Weighing
  • Taking their temperature
  • Observing skin color
  • Observing how active your newborn is
  • Giving eye drops to prevent infection
  • Administering vitamin K shot
  • Drawing blood for testing
  • Administering their first vaccine  


During the exam, you can ask your pediatrician any questions about your newborn’s health and how to care for your newborn.

When do I take my baby to the doctor for newborn care?

You bring your newborn to your Valley Pediatric Health pediatrician within three to five days of birth for their first newborn exam and visit. You should also bring your baby for another well-baby exam at one month, and then regularly after that, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. 

What happens at the first newborn care visit?

Your pediatrician examines your baby carefully during their well-baby visits, to ensure that they’re healthy and developing normally. Your pediatrician:

  • Conducts a complete physical exam
  • Measures weight, length, and head circumference
  • Observes their hearing, vision, and reflexes
  • Takes their temperature
  • Listens to their heart and lungs


The first newborn care visit is an opportunity for you to ask questions and get advice about how to take care of your newborn. Your pediatrician also discusses the results of the tests that they gave when your baby was born. Your doctor administers any vaccines your newborn needs at that time.  

What if my newborn gets sick or injured?


If your newborn is badly injured, go straight to the emergency room. If your newborn is sick, contact Valley Pediatric Health right away. Call your pediatrician if you notice symptoms such as:

  • Fever above 100.4 degrees 
  • Runny nose that interferes with breathing
  • Very loose stools (diarrhea)
  • Vomiting (other than spitting up after feedings)
  • Seems sluggish or drowsy
  • Has a dry mouth or few wet diapers (dehydration)


Whenever you’re concerned about your baby or are confused about newborn care, call your pediatrician for advice.

To set up a newborn care appointment, contact Valley Pediatric Health by phone or online form.