Assessment of new born
The main purposes are:
i) To identify normal characteristics in the neonate
ii) To identify existing abnormalities, ii any
iii) To carry out immediate action if there is any deviation
iv) To establish a baseline for future physiological changes
Precautions to be taken during the procedure of carrying out physical examination:
i) Keep your hands clean, dry and warm.
ii) Keep your nails short and free of nail polish.
iii) Do not expose the baby unnecessarily.
iv) Do not expose the baby to drafts and chills.
v) Examine the baby swiftly not more than 8 to 10 minutes.
vi) If neonate is irritable/crying during examination allow him to suck on a nipple.
vii) Inform mother about outcome of examination.