Expecting a Baby
All of us at Wee Care Pediatrics would love to extend to you a most heartfelt congratulations.
Having a baby is a very exciting time in one’s life. This wonderful event, may also come with some questions on how to best provide, a safe and healthy environment for your baby to thrive, what to expect, and how to establish care for your newborn.
You are getting off to a great start by selecting a Pediatrician and a Medical home for your baby. We are here to help make your transition to parenthood as smooth and joyful as possible. By choosing Wee Care Pediatrics for your Pediatric care, we will take you each step of the way.
You can start this process, if you like by doing a meet and greet (please click the “Request an Appointment” below) with our office prior to the delivery of your baby, and/or you can read the FAQ’s below, which provide most of the details regarding the hospital visit, discharge from the hospital and your first visit with us in the office. If you have any questions along the way, please feel free to call us. We are more than happy to answer your questions, and address your needs.
Also, to bring you up to speed, when it comes to the birth of your newborn, Dr. Bakerink has written and published his book “Just the Basics, Baby” which is a quick, and simple “instruction manual” for our parents to use as a guide so as to make the newborn period a much easier and enjoyable experience.
This book was written after 17 years of fielding the most common concerns and questions that parents have had regarding their newborn babies. It is distilled down, and specifically written to be a fast, and pleasurable read for parents. In short, it is not a big reference book, but instead, just what you need to know, to hit the ground running, as soon as your little one arrives. If you would like to take a look at it, click the link on our home page.
Thank you for considering Wee Care Pediatrics. We look forward to meeting and caring for your new baby.
Please note that we will contact you and schedule you an appointment date and time for your visit.
ARE YOU EXPECTING? FAQ’s
Will you come see the baby in the hospital? Yes all newborn infants must be seen within 24 hours of delivery by a Pediatrician. We make it very easy for our expectant moms when delivering. Simply go to the labor and delivery unit as directed by your Obstetrician. In the “L&D” they will ask you your Pediatricians name. Tell them Dr. Bakerink and they will contact me and I will come and see you and your baby.
Which hospitals do you go to? Currently I am on the staff of Southern Hills Hospital, Spring Valley Hospital, Summerlin Hospital, and Sunrise Hospital. If you are going to deliver at a hospital where I am not on staff, it’s no problem. Let them know in “L&D” that I am the Pediatrician. When the baby is born they will assign the Pediatrician “on call” to do the initial exam on your baby. Once your baby is discharged home, call and schedule your baby his or her first appointment with me to be seen within 2-3 days.
What do you check the baby for in the hospital? The baby will be examined within the first 24 hours. The baby will be checked each day in the hospital until the baby goes home. Routinely if a newborn is born by natural delivery, the baby will usually stay for 24 hours. If the infant is born by Ceasarian section, the infant stays for 2-3 days. If a mom has a positive Group B Strep culture ( your OB will discuss this with you), the infant is usually observed for 48 hours in the hospital. As a Pediatrician, prior to the baby being discharged home with the parents, I am looking for a few basic things. The baby must void (pee), poop, eat well, and physically check out without any medical concerns. Once your baby meets these criteria, your little one will be sent home with you. You will then be instructed to call and schedule your first appointment for 2-3 days after discharge.
Are you Board certified? Yes I am Board certified by the American Academy of Pediatrics. I am also a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics (FAAP).
Where did you train? I went to the University of Nevada school of Medicine for Medical school and obtained my Medical Doctorate (MD) in 1994. I trained for my specialty in Pediatrics by completing my residency program at the University of California at Davis in 1997. I have been in private practice since that time.
Do you support breastfeeding? Yes, certainly. As a Pediatrician I am a strong advocate for breastfeeding. I follow the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) guidelines along these lines. In the hospital, the nurses or lactation consultants will assist you in making sure that both you and your baby are feeding properly. Once the baby is feeding well and the mom is comfortable with the way the feeds are going, then I will set your baby for discharge. On an outpatient basis, if you have any concerns about the breastfeeds, I have lactation consultants, whom I can set you up with.
Do you support formula feeding? Sure, not all moms can breastfeed, and some parents simply want to formula feed their newborns instead of breastfeeding. I make sure to work with my parents no matter which method of feeding that they choose. In this day and age there are plenty of great formulas on the market to insure that your infant will be healthy and have all the nutrition that they need for proper growth and development.
What are your thoughts on circumcision? Currently the American Academy of Pediatrics considers circumcisions a recommended procedure. The reasons for this is because it is felt to be more cleanly, reducing the chances of infection and helping to reduce the transmission of sexual diseases. I would be happy to discuss any pros and cons about the procedure with you.
How do you perform your circumcisions? The first thing that I do is put in a penile nerve block that acts to numb the area locally to take away the pain. I then use what is called a Gomco clamp to remove the foreskin. There are no stitches and minimal bleeding. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes. The parent is welcome to stay in the room with their baby or may wait in the lobby. Whichever you choose. The circumcision heals in about 7-10 days and we use acetaminophen after the procedure to minimize the pain, which is generally mild.
What do I do if my baby gets sick? The best and simplest way to approach the question regarding your baby being sick, is to just give us a call. Our goal is to be readily available to you. Even after hours and Sunday when we are closed, you will be able to get medical advice and speak to a provider directly if necessary. We also have a data base on our website that parents can refer to that can answer many of the questions that you may have.
Can you see my child on the same day if he/she is ill? Certainly, we have a 7:30 – 8:30 walk in hour every morning except Saturday and Sundays when we are closed. You do not need an appointment for this time. If you cannot make our walk in hour, that’s ok as well, just give us a call and we will schedule you sometime throughout the day. We see our sick patients on the same day.
What are some basic items I should have at home? Most of the common problems or ailments that your infant might have can usually be managed by having just a few basic items on hand. I usually recommend a bulb syringe (usually supplied by the hospital), a rectal digital thermometer, Acetaminophen infant pain reliever drops, saline nose drops (Little noses, Ayr drops, Ocean spray are some common brand names), and a bottle of clear Pedialyte. Most common newborn problems can be addressed with these items. I recommend that you give us a call however before using any medications on a newborn infant.
How do you feel about vaccinations? As a Pediatrician, I am a very strong advocate for vaccinations. There has been no invention known to mankind that has saved more lives than vaccination. Vaccines are very safe and probably the most important intervention that you can do on behalf of your child’s health. Vaccines have only become safer and safer, but unfortunately there is a lot of misinformation and inaccurate information aimed at the lay public, which serves no purpose other than to create fear. It is my job as a Pediatrician to give you accurate and up to date information, when it comes to the health and well-being of your child. You can then make your own informed decisions when it comes to the vaccination of your child. I am open to my parent’s concerns, and I try not to take a hard line approach to this all too common topic of concern. I would rather have an open dialogue with my parents, so that we might come up with a plan that addresses their needs and the needs of their child. I find that this is best done through active listening to their concerns and then trying to work together to form a team approach in regards to the vaccination of their child. I encourage my parents to bring in questions and concerns so that we might work through them together. I find that effective communication and teamwork seems to always work best when approaching this topic.
Can I do a meet and greet? Certainly, if you have other questions that I have not been able to answer here, or you would just like to meet me prior to the birth of your infant, feel free to call and schedule a “prenatal” visit and I would be happy to meet with you directly and answer any further questions that you might have.