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What are the transitions to extra uterine?

apgar score
onset of respiration
circulatory adaptation
thermal adaptation


What is in the first examination of the newborn?

general appearance
inspection of:
the head including fontanelles and suture
the face including eyes, ears, nose and mouth
the neck
the chest and abdomen
the spine
the genitalia
the anus
limbs with hands and feet
identification of birthmarks and birth injuries


What do you look for in general appearance?

Normal term baby weight is around 3.5kg
average length is 50cm
most babies appear plump and have a prominent abdomen


What would you expect with sleeping and waking?

from birth the baby appears alert for about 1 hour then relaxes and sleeps
sleeping and waking rhythms take time to settle
initially waking periods are related to hunger but within a week the waking periods last longer and meet the need for social interaction


What do you expect with crying?

the cry of a baby distinguishes different needs and its the way they communicate
it is possible to identify which may be hunger, thirst, pain general discomfort
maternal anxiety and difficulties relating to crying can be improved with info and support from the midwife


Describe the 2 sleep state

deep sleep- hard to awake, eyes closed, some jerky makeup

light sleep- drowsy; eyes closed, may be sucking


describe the awake state

drowsy or semi dozing
quiet alert
active alert
be aware of feeding cues


what should the eyes look like?

eyes should be visualised and check the lens is clear


What should the nose look like?

babies are nasal breathers
the nose id often squashed in utero or it may not be completely patent


What should the mouth look like?

A clean finger should be inserted to check cleft palates. tongue/ tongue tie, neonatal teeth. Lips and muscous membranes should be pink and well perfused


what does babies vision be like?

babies are sensitive to bright lights they may frown or blink
can recognise a human face at a distance of 15-20cm
can establish
eye contact with the mother which establishes bonding
can track a moving object by 5 days and from 2 weeks can differentiate mothers face from a strangers
no tears are present in newborns therefore they can become infected easily


What should ears look like?

inspected noting their size, shape, position, abnormalities for example skin tags or dimples
ear abnormalities can be associated with chromosomal anomalies and syndromes and should be reported to neonatal staff


What should a new born babies hearing be like?

new born babies eyes turn towards sound
can discriminate between voices, giving preference to their mothers
neonatal screening is performed on all babies usually within 4-6 weeks to identify early and follow up any baby with hearing impairments


What should a babies smell and taste be like?

babies will prefer the smell of milk to other things and will prefer breastmilk
turn away from unpleasant smells
nasal flaring can be indicative of respiratory destress sneezing can be common


What should the chest and abdomen be like?

chest and abdomen movements should be in sync
respirations may still be irregular 30-40 bpm
auditory assessment of breathing
abdomen should be rounding
haemostasis of the umbilical cord is vital and secured by a plastic clamp


What should the spine be like?

best examined by lying the baby face down with its abdomen and chest in the palm of one hand
The back should be visualised and palpated, Any abnormality of the skin, for example swelling, tuft if hair, birthmarks should be noted
any sacral dimple should be closed


What should the genitalia and anus be like?

Should be examined carefully for completeness and patency
Check patency of anus and whether the baby has based meconium. usually within the first 24 hours of birth. should pass urine in the first 24 hours initially 20-30mls per day rising to 100-200ml daily as fluid intake increases.


What should meconium be like?

soft, greenish black substance accumulated in the intestine from approx 16th week of intrauterine life consisting of epithelial cells, swallowed amniotic fluid, fatty acids and bile pigment .
First stool passed within 48 years. As food is digested, the stool changes colour to a greenish brown, indicating that the gI tract is patent
5th day onwards the stool becomes yellow


How does meconium changes with breastfed babies?

soft, bright yellow, inoffensive stools. May pass five or more times a day as a lactation is establishing
After 3-4 weeks, may only pass one soft yellow stools every 2-3 days as there are few waste products from breastmilk


How does meconium changes with formula fed babies?

Paler, more formed stools with slightly offensive odour
More regular stool when feeding is established, although constipation is more likely


What should the limbs and digits be like?

note length and movement of limbs
digits should be counted and separated to ensure no webbing or extra digits
the axillae, elbows, groin should also be inspected for abnormalities
Feet and toes and checked for extra digits and any deformity such as talipes equinovarus


What should a babies sense of touch be like?

Babies are sensitive to touch
skin to skin contact immersion in water
stroking, cuddling and rocking movements
grasp relex enhances bonding


Why are length and weight measured?

to provide parameters against which future growth can be monitored


Describe vitamin K

In the UK it is advised that all babies should be given vitamin K as free circulating vitamin K is low after birth and rises gradually after 3-4 days
Vitamin K deficiency bleeding (VKDB) is a bleeding tendency that results from a lack of vitamin K that leads to reduced clotting factors and resultant bleeding.
Vitamin K is poorly transferred through the placenta and naturally low in breastmilk

NICE guidelines recommends 1mg



sucking and swallowing
walking and stepping


What happens following the check?

Explain finding to parents
record your findings in the baby's case notes and any abnormalities are referred to the neonatal team


Identification and security in clinical setting

Identify name tags x2
baby in the cot when travelling
security cameras
visitor restrictions
staff ID badges


What is checked in the daily examination of the baby?

hospital or home
general appearance
activity and tone
skin' jaundice
urinary output
sleeping pattern


What body systems is activity, behaviour, cry and tone checking?



What body system is colour and temp assessing?

Cardiovascular and blood physiology