Newborn Care

Newborn Care in Rockville, MD When You Need It

The pediatric team at Gold Pediatrics is here to help your family after your baby is born.


We know how tiny your newborn is but there are some basic ways to handle and support them safely. Make sure to:

  • Always wash your hands before holding or handling your baby
  • Always provide ample support for their head and neck
  • Always be gentle with your newborn
  • Never shake your baby, even to wake them


You will sponge-bathe your newborn until the umbilical cord falls off and the area heals (if your baby has been circumcised you will want to wait for the area to heal completely, as well). Use mild, fragrance-free shampoos and soaps designed for babies, as well as soft washcloths and towels. Once your child upgrades from sponge baths you’ll want to purchase an infant tub. 


If you’re planning to breastfeed, you should start soon after the baby is born. If you have any problems with getting started, the nurses and lactation specialist in the hospital are ready to help.

Wellness Check Ups for the first year of life:

  • 1-3 days after discharge from hospital
  • 1 week from birth
  • 2 weeks from birth
  • 1 month of age
  • 2 months of age*
  • 4 months of age*
  • 6 months of age*
  • 9 months of age
  • 12 months of age*

*Indicates immunizations at this visit

If you have questions regarding your newborn baby, or if you are looking for a pediatrician before your baby is born, call Gold Pediatrics in Rockville, MD (301) 517-9710.

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