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You may wonder "Am I doing this right?" Trust your instincts. Cuddling, rocking, and talking to your baby are the right things to do.
At this age, your new baby may respond to sounds by blinking, crying, or appearing to be startled. He or she may look at faces and follow an object with his or her eyes. Your baby may be moving his or her arms, legs, and head.
Your next checkup is when your baby is 2 to 4 weeks old.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
You can also take your baby's temperature from his or her armpit (axillary), but for children younger than 5, rectal temperatures are the most accurate. Call your doctor if your newborn has an armpit temperature that is less than 36.5°C (97.7°F) or that is higher than 37.5°C (99.5°F).
Watch closely for changes in your baby's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: August 22, 2019
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine & Susan C. Kim MD - Pediatrics
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