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Discharge procedures for healthy newborns.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16529093     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Physicians should use a checklist to facilitate discussions with new parents before discharging their healthy newborn from the hospital. The checklist should include information on breastfeeding, warning signs of illness, and ways to keep the child healthy and safe. Physicians can encourage breastfeeding by giving parents written information on hunger and feeding indicators, stool and urine patterns, and proper breastfeeding techniques. Physicians also should emphasize that infants should never be given honey or bottles of water before they are one year of age. Parents should be advised of treatments for common infant complaints such as constipation, be aware of signs and symptoms of more serious illnesses such as jaundice and lethargy, and know how to properly care for the umbilical cord and genital areas. Physicians should provide guidance on how to keep the baby safe in the crib (e.g., placing the baby on his or her back) and in the car (e.g., using a car seat that faces the rear of the car). It is also important to schedule a follow-up appointment for the infant.
Robert C Langan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American family physician     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0002-838X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Fam Physician     Publication Date:  2006 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-13     Completed Date:  2006-03-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1272646     Medline TA:  Am Fam Physician     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  849-52     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
St Luke's Family Medicine Residency Program, Family Practice Center, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017-4204, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Counseling / standards*
Guidelines as Topic
Health Education / methods
Health Promotion
Infant, Newborn
Patient Discharge / standards*
Primary Prevention
Comment In:
Am Fam Physician. 2006 Mar 1;73(5):771   [PMID:  16529083 ]
Am Fam Physician. 2006 Oct 1;74(7):1095   [PMID:  17039743 ]
Summary for patients in:
Am Fam Physician. 2006 Mar 1;73(5):857-8   [PMID:  16529094 ]

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