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.

For your safety please call our MyCare Advice Line at 844-262-1949 before scheduling if: You currently have a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. In the past 21 days you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. In the past 14 days you have had contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19. Or If you have experienced two or more of the following symptoms in the last 3 days: fever, chills, drenching sweats, new cough, loss of taste/smell, shortness of breath, body aches, headache, sore throat, runny nose or nasal congestion, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea.

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

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