Yes, we encourage new mothers to come and meet with Dr. Perez-Grossman prior to the arrival of their baby. During your visit, you will meet the clinical staff, tour the office, and have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have.
As your child’s medical home, one of our core values is the importance of preventive care. Throughout infancy and into adolescence and adulthood, preventive care visits give us the opportunity to assess your child’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. In addition, Annual Well Child visits give allow us to detect problems early on through the use of different age-appropriate screening tools. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following schedule for routine, well-child visits: ⦁ 3 to 5 days ⦁ 2 weeks ⦁ 1 month ⦁ 2 months ⦁ 4 months ⦁ 6 months ⦁ 9 months ⦁ 12 months ⦁ 15 months ⦁ 18 months ⦁ 2 years ⦁ 2 1/2 years ⦁ 3 years ⦁ 4 years ⦁ 5 years ⦁ And every year thereafter for an annual health supervision visit that includes a physical exam as well as a developmental, behavioral, and learning assessment.
Tummy time is your infant’s first exercise! Tummy time is the time your baby spends awake and on their belly. Tummy time can begin as early as the newborn stage. This exercise plays a vital role in your baby’s motor and sensory development. It also helps to strengthen the neck, core, and back muscles. In addition, tummy time helps prevent plagiocephaly, which is a flattening of the back of the head. Start your baby off with 2-3-minute periods of tummy time and work up to longer as your baby grows and gets stronger. It is important that baby is awake during tummy time in order to prevent SIDS.
In today’s day and age, electronics play a role in our day to day functioning and routine. While it can be a helpful and educational tool at times, it is important to limit the amount of screen time that your child receives on a daily basis. The American Academy of Pediatrics has the following recommendations: ⦁ For children younger than 18-24 months, the AAP discourages any screen time ⦁ For children ages 2-5 years, the AAP recommends no more than one hour per day of high-quality programming.
SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant younger than 1 year of age. Unfortunately, approximately 2,300 babies die due to SIDS each year in the United States. While SIDS remains a mysterious syndrome, we do know that there are steps that parents can take to avoid their infant’s risk: ⦁ place your baby on his back to sleep ⦁ keep fluffy blankets and stuffed animals out of his crib ⦁ don’t overheat the baby or his room when he sleeps ⦁ don’t allow anyone to smoke around your baby ⦁ breastfeed your baby