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Examination of the Newborn

  • Anwar Qais Saadoon
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Abstract

Performance of a comprehensive neonatal examination in the first few days of life is extremely important and useful in identifying risk factors, developing a management plan, and thus decreasing neonatal deaths. It is helpful in identifying illness or any life-threatening congenital malformations or disorders which may require immediate attention; assessment of gestational age, vigor, and nutritional status are critical to assessing infant’s health. A good examination will provide required information to the health provider, and it also can be reassuring to the parents. Furthermore, it is considered a good opportunity for health promotion. This chapter will help you to perform a neonatal examination in a professional and comprehensive, yet concise, manner.

Keywords

Initial brief examination after birth Apgar score Routine examination of the newborn infant General observation and assessment Skin, head, and face Neck, arms, and hands Chest (respiratory system examination) Heart (cardiovascular system examination) Abdomen (gastrointestinal system examination) Genitalia and anus Legs and feet Neurologic examination Spine and sacrum Hips 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anwar Qais Saadoon
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  1. 1.Al-Sadr Teaching HospitalBasrahIraq

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