Concerns about your newborn

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.


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