This is a general examination of your baby that is usually performed before you leave hospital by a junior medical doctor or midwife. It can also be performed by your general practitioner or or midwife if you deliver outside hospital. The examination aims to exclude major abnormalities of the face, eyes, mouth, chest, abdomen, spine and limbs. Early detection can reduce or prevent the need for treatment or longer term health problems. The examination specifically determines if your baby has a common abnormality such as a heart murmur, abnormal hips, eye disease and in boys undescended testicles. The examination is repeated by your general practitioner at about 8 weeks of age.
I will add the benefit of a newborn specialist examination to these routine checks to reassure you that your baby is well, give you advice about your baby if needed and manage common newborn problems that your baby might have.