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How do you monitor your baby's health?

How do you monitor your baby's health?

Your baby is checked by the pediatrician every month in the first year. During these monthly checks, we primarily focus on questions and complaints. After questioning all aspects of the baby's general health, nutrition and development, his / her height and head circumference are measured and recorded on the growth curve. The next step is a detailed examination from head to foot.

We use the American Pediatric Academy Vaccination Calendar as a vaccination schedule. In BCG vaccine it is also necessary for Turkey added. Thus all the requirements of Turkey's Ministry of Health immunization schedule also is regained. Your baby will receive one or two vaccinations each month. The vaccines are given for what they are given, their benefits and possible side effects. At each visit, doses of antipyretics and painkillers are discussed. It is not recommended to use any medication without first asking your doctor in the first year. Nutrition is discussed in detail and the needs of the baby vary according to age. The things to be done for the safety of the baby are mentioned. In the developmental stage of your baby, activities, toys and methods that will stimulate your development are emphasized. Strategies to prevent nutritional problems, sleep problems and behavioral problems are determined from infancy. In the second year, your baby comes to check every three months. The third year is required every six months and annual checks from the age of three are required. Their aim is to evaluate the general health of the child, to evaluate the developmental and behavioral problems and to solve the problems without any problems. . The first is the neonatal screening test, which can detect newborn diseases that should not be missed. It is done within the first 48 hours. In this test, hereditary disease called phenylketonuria and thyroid levels (in some places hemoglobin electrophoresis) are examined. Hearing test is also performed in the newborn period. At the first month, your baby will be asked for hip ultrasound. The reason for this is that the developmental hip dislocation is relatively high in Turkish society and not to skip cases that cannot be detected by examination. When your baby is 1 year old, a quick hemoglobin test is performed. (This can be done in 6 months, depending on the situation.) The purpose of this is to avoid anemia and iron deficiency and not to make unnecessary iron supplements. At the second age, more extensive laboratory tests are required. A more extensive blood count, hemoglobin electrophoresis, thyroid level, cholesterol and urinalysis are used to identify potential problems that may not be visible. When your child is 2 years old, they are sent to eye and dental controls and hearing test if there is a delay in speech. In some cases, eye and dental checks may be performed. Since many diseases can be inherited, detailed information about the diseases in the family should be obtained. In this system, which can be translated into Turkish as a child's medical home, the doctor's office is a comfortable, continuity model like the child's home. It is based on the fact that all information of the child is collected in one hand and that the doctor is a part of a family. The education of families is a highly emphasized issue. In what situation, what is to be done is tried to be reinforced with mutual sharing, reading materials and educational CDs. Whenever possible, evidence-based medicine is used and it is important to share many data with parents.