The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends seven well-visits for your baby during the first year of their life. Several of these visits should be completed in the first 6 months of your child's life. If you have a baby that is born during the winter, there are several reasons why you should find a doctor who makes house calls to complete these initial well-visits. Below are just some of the reasons why you should find a doctor who does house calls.
You Will Not Have to Drive With Your Baby
Car accidents can happen year round. However, during the winter when the roads tend to be slick, you may find it more difficult to control your car. Furthermore, you may find that you have to bundle up your baby against the cold, which reduces the efficiency of car seats. As opposed to extra layers, you may decide to warm up your car before getting into it with your child. However, this can add significant driving time to your outing, making it more stressful to you and your child. If a doctor makes house calls, you can avoid these common winter driving issues.
Your Baby Will Be Protected From Winter Viruses
Flu season usually lasts from October to May, peaking between December and May. During these months, your little one may be especially vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. Unfortunately, your pediatrician's office will be an area where people who are sick are more likely to be concentrated. Your pediatrician may offer special newborn hours, when their office is closed to older patients. However, it is best to avoid the office altogether during cold and flu season and opt for house calls instead.
Visits Will Be More Convenient
Taking care of a newborn can be stressful for new parents. You may find that you are tired throughout the day and that you do not have energy for outings, especially during the cold winter months. When a doctor comes to visit you, you can save time and energy by not having to dress yourself or your baby for the outdoors. Additionally, you do not have to worry about scheduling your appointments around your child's nap schedule or completing feedings or changing your baby while you are waiting for your appointment.
House visits are convenient for several reasons. If you have a newborn, finding a pediatrician who will do well-visits at home can be one of your best choices.