Newborn & Infant Care
“Congratulations!” and “How lucky can you get?” is what you will hear from Dr. Whittaker when your new baby arrives. There’s nothing quite as sweet (or as overwhelming) as welcoming a new addition to your family, but Dr. Whittaker has “been there” both personally and professionally for over 20 years, so he can help with your questions or concerns.
Dr. Whittaker makes hospital visits to cover newborn deliveries at Providence Newberg Medical Center in Newberg and Legacy Meridian Park Hospital in Tualatin. Dr. Whittaker will see you and your baby within 24 hours of delivery, more frequently if your child’s condition requires it. Please be advised that if Dr. Whittaker is unavailable to see your newborn baby, a pediatrician covering call will be available. You may ask more specific details at your Meet & Greet appointment.
In his office, Dr. Whittaker offers the following newborn procedures for his youngest patients:
- Circumcision – Removal of foreskin from penis.
- Frenotomy – Release of tethered oral tissues that may be impacting breastfeeding. Frenotomy is considered for infants having trouble establishing breastfeeding, not gaining weight, or whose mothers are experiencing more than typical pain during breastfeeding.
- Screening – Screening is State Recommended. PKU Screening test is given to newborns 24-72 hours after birth. PKU stands for phenylketonuria, a rare disorder that prevents the body from properly breaking down a substance called phenylalanine (Phe).