Complete well-child care for newborns, children, and adolescents
For medical advice or care for your child between appointments or after hours:
Duke provides skilled and compassionate primary care for all your baby’s routine health care needs -- from newborns to 12 months.
Well-baby visits evaluate your infant’s general medical and developmental health, as well as the overall health of the family, and address age-appropriate issues like immunizations.
Your newborn should be seen the first week after birth -- or during for the first week at home, if he or she spent time in the hospital after delivery.
Well-baby visits should then be scheduled at one, two, four, six, nine, and 12 months.
If your baby is sick, and you’re not sure whether he or she should be seen by a doctor, call your primary care provider for assistance:
In an emergency, dial 911.
Same-day appointments are usually available to those who call early in the day.
Childhood immunizations are a critical part of lifelong wellness.
All Duke primary care sites provide a full complement of immunizations for infants, children, and adolescents. Parents are provided with copies of the immunization record.
If you have questions about the immunizations necessary for your child, refer to the Centers for Disease Control's immunization schedule.
After delivery, some families have difficulties with breastfeeding. When the baby's primary care doctor sees that there are feeding problems, a referral to a lactation consultant should be made.
Outpatient lactation consultants take a thorough history and assessment and spend the time necessary to ensure that babies breastfeed well. Educating parents about their special situation in a calm, relaxed setting, as well as helping with any special treatments or necessary equipment is the goal of Duke lactation consultants.
After a breastfeeding family comes in for a lactation consultation, a report is sent back to the referring doctor to ensure collaboration and consistency of care.
If your baby needs specialized care, we can refer you to experts at Duke.
To see more details about the specialties to which we refer, visit dukechildrens.org.
To find a physician or get a referral, call 888-ASK-DUKE (888-275-3853).
Physicians offering this service include:
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