Your Baby’s First Medical Check-Up

During the first 24 hours after your baby is born, he will have his first medical checkup. This should be carried out in front of you and your partner so that the medical professional can reassure you that your baby is in perfect condition.

What are the checks that will be carried out?


infant (Photo credit: soupboy)

Weight and Length

Your baby will be measured the moment he is born but your doctor will measure him again during the medical checkup. Normal newborn weight ranges from 5lb 8oz and 10lb. Normal newborn length is between 18 inches and 20 inches.

Your doctor will also measure the head circumference of your baby. This will help the doctor rule out any abnormal brain or skull growth, such as hydrocephalus, microcephaly and craniosynostosis.

Heart and Lung function

Using a stethoscope, your doctor will check that your baby’s heart is steady, and his lungs are strong. However, it is not uncommon for babies to have harmless heart murmur.

Internal Organs

You will also see your doctor poking your baby’s tummy. This is to check that your baby’s internal organs are in place and are not swollen. Your doctor will also check the pulse on your baby’s groin.


The doctor will also check that your baby’s arms are the same length and his legs align. She will also check for any sign of club foot.


Your baby will not be happy with this, as it is uncomfortable, but your doctor will check your baby’s hip joints looking for any dislocation or listening for clicking sound. The clicking sound suggests that the hip is unstable and may be prone to dislocation later on.


Baby boys get their genitals check to see if their testes have descended. Testes descend when the baby is full term. If the doctor can’t feel it, it is possible that it is retractile. It means that it had descended but went back up the abdomen as a reaction to a cold touch. If your baby’s testes haven’t descended, it may need to be persuaded down later.

Spine and Anus

The doctor will put your baby on his back and check that his vertebrae are aligned, and his anus is not blocked.

Eyes and Palate

Finally, your doctor will put her fingers on your baby’s mouth to suck while she checks her eyes and at the same time checking for any cleft on his palate.

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By Hope Varnes


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