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Even though they won’t learn to talk for a while, newborns have a variety of ways of communicating with us. As a mum, you’ll quickly pick up the signals if something’s not quite right, and we’ve put together some extra tips on what to look out for – as well as some guidance on setting up good sleeping patterns and finding the right routine for your and your baby.
If you’re at all worried about anything, speak to your GP or health visitor as soon as you can.
It’s completely natural to feel overwhelmed by the responsibility of having a newborn to look after. If you’re at all worried about anything, it’s important that you feel your concerns are being listened to and taken seriously.
Concerns about your newborn
If you’re anxious about something:
• Write down a list of all your concerns
• Keep a diary of when and why you are concerned
• Take your notes with you when you see your health visitor or doctor, so that you don’t forget to mention anything
If your health visitor or doctor reassures you that everything is fine but you feel that there is still an issue, ask to be referred for a second opinion, for example:
• A community paediatrician if it’s a general or medical problem or developmental delay
• A dietician if it’s a problem with feeding
• A speech and language specialist if it’s a problem with sucking and swallowing