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April 2015 • #97
A Note from the Medical Editor
Find yourself asking, “Is it time to take the baby to the doctor again?” The answer is “probably.” The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends all babies be seen by a pediatrician at birth, two to five days after birth, then at one, two, four, six, nine and twelve months of age, though many pediatricians do see the babies a bit more frequently.

It’s important to follow the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule to ensure babies are fully protected against vaccine-preventable diseases. However, the shots are definitely not the only reason you go. Pediatricians monitor growth, health, nutrition, safety, and development. Don't be shy about bringing a list of questions! You know your baby best, so it's important that you feel comfortable bringing up any concerns.
~Jennifer Shu, MD, FAAP
Medical Editor,
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An Important Immunization Message for Parents from the President of the AAP
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How to Cocoon a Newborn: Only an E-Mail Away!
Getting vaccinated with Tdap is especially important for anyone who spends time with infants—especially new parents, grandparents, babysitters, and nannies. Go >
Tear-Free Vaccination Tips
Pediatricians have gotten better at minimizing or even eliminating the pain from shots. Less pain, less tears! Learn more here.  Go >
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The AAP and are inviting all aspiring artists in third through 12th grades to submit their works of art in the 11th annual American Academy of Pediatrics National Children's Art Contest! Children are encouraged to submit original artwork inspired by the 2015 theme, "It's Fun to be Fit."
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