Newborn Care Specialist


Pediatricians located in San Juan Capistrano, CA

Having a baby is such a rewarding experience. It’s also a time of significant changes and responsibilities. One of those responsibilities is setting up proper medical care for your newborn. If you’re looking for a pediatrician in the San Juan Capistrano, California area, schedule a consultation online or by phone to meet John H. Carruth, MD. He and his staff at TLC Pediatrics Medical Group, Inc. make your child and family’s health their number one priority.

Newborn Care Q & A

Do I need to start looking for a pediatrician for my unborn child?

You may find it convenient to have a primary care doctor for your child picked out several weeks before your due date. As your pediatrician, Dr. Carruth will visit your baby in the hospital, and within two days of going home, so you’ll want to have a doctor all set up before your baby is born.

Finding a doctor early on helps you establish a relationship with him, so you can be sure you’ve found the right one. Having a doctor lined up also gives you extra reassurance if there is ever an emergency.

Other considerations to make when choosing a pediatrician:

  • Personality: attentive, likeable, and trustworthy, with similar views
  • Credentials: specialty in pediatrics and years in practice
  • Availability: same-day appointments and a doctor on call
  • Referrals: friend and family recommendations
  • Insurance coverage: in-network provider
  • Hospital affiliation: covered by your insurance

You want to make sure you find a doctor that suits your family, because your pediatrician will be the person who sees your child up until the age of 18.

What kind of care does my pediatrician provide in the hospital?

Dr. Carruth can visit babies born at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center (Laguna Hills) and CHOC Children’s at Mission Hospital (Mission Vallejo). Dr. Carruth performs your child’s first health examination in the hospital to make sure there aren’t any concerns. He measures your baby’s height, weight, and head circumference, and sets up your their vaccinations, screenings, and circumcision, if necessary.

When he visits your hospital room, Dr. Carruth can answer any questions you have about your baby and newborn care. From there, he monitors your newborn’s health until you leave the hospital. He continues monitoring your baby at your follow-up appointments.

What questions can my pediatrician answer?

Although you might think a pediatrician can only provide medical advice, you might be surprised to learn that he can help with all areas of your baby’s development and your postpartum concerns. He can help you:

  • Troubleshoot sleep problems
  • Handle your mental health concerns
  • Provide breastfeeding support
  • Set up a daily routine with your baby
  • Take care of your child’s special needs

Think of Dr. Carruth as your resource for all things relating to your baby. He's happy to answer any questions you have about their development and care. If you’d like to set up a consultation with Dr. Carruth, call or visit the website to schedule an appointment.