Problems of the Newborn and Infant
Family physicians are ideal providers for reducing risk and improving health of newborns and infants. Premarital, preconception, and prenatal visits provide opportunities to assess genetic disorders, ensure healthy life-style changes (e.g., nutrition), provide preconception vitamins, manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, and intervene when prenatal disorders such as toxemia threaten. Optimal care requires preparation for emergencies (e.g., neonatal resuscitation, sepsis), management of common problems, timely referral for complicated conditions, and prevention through early identification of feeding, growth, developmental, and family problems. Full family involvement prepares each member for new roles, recruits participation in healthy habits, and maintains cohesiveness when problems arise.
KeywordsFamily Violence Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Early Intervention Program Neonatal Resuscitation Hyaline Membrane Disease
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