Advice for New Parents

Congratulations on the arrival of your baby! Maybe you are a new parent, or an experienced one who needs to brush up on some basics.

In either case, at Henry Ford pediatrics, we are excited to be your partner in parenting and caring for the health and wellness of your baby as he or she grows. We offer more than 50 pediatricians throughout southeast Michigan, with convenient hours and resources to help you manage your family’s health needs.

Common Baby Health Issues

There are many common health issues your newborn might face. Learn how to diagnose and treat these issues.

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When should your child see a pediatrician?

Children should see their doctor for the following milestones:

  • At birth
  • 3 to 5 days after birth
  • Months: 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24 and 30
  • Annually, ages 3 to 21.

During each visit, your doctor will check for proper development, including height, and weight. Regular checkups are a great time to develop a relationship with your child’s pediatrician, and an ideal time to discuss questions regarding immunizations, nutrition, growth or any concerns you may have.

It is a good idea to write down a list of questions before your next visit. It will save time and ensure all your questions will be addressed.

Your baby’s health - your job

You are your child’s most important advocate.

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If you are having an emergency, call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room. Please do not utilize this scheduling feature for urgent medical situations.

Henry Ford Health System is committed to ensuring our Deaf or hard-of-hearing patients and visitors have equal access to all services. We provide the appropriate auxiliary aids and services, including qualified sign language interpreters, TTYs and other assistive listening devices, at no cost. To request assistance, call 313-916-1896 or email

If you have traveled to China, Iran, Italy, Japan or South Korea in the last 14 days or been in close contact with someone suspected to have the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), please contact our nurse line @ 313- 874-7500 prior to scheduling.

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