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In the first 12 hours a pediatrician will give your baby a checkup. In addition to a head-to-toe examination, there will be checks made on skin color, temperature, and muscle tone, and on reflexes, such as sucking and grasping.
Doctor examining baby
Heart and Lungs
The heart and lungs are checked to ensure they sound normal.
Doctor examining baby
Head Shape
The baby's head shape and fontanelles (soft areas between the skull bones) are examined.
Doctor examining baby's feet
Hands and Feet
Baby's hands and feet are checked for reflexes, and fingers and toes are counted.
Doctor examining baby
Mouth and Palate
The separate sections of baby's mouth should have fused together.
Doctor examining baby
Hips
The hips are rotated and the legs are bent upward to check for signs of dislocation.
Doctor examining baby
Spine
The spine is checked to ensure it is straight and free from abnormalities.