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Neonate

Definition

A neonate is a baby who is 4 weeks old or younger.

Alternative Names

Newborn

Information

A neonate is also called a newborn. The neonatal period is the first 4 weeks of a child's life. It is a time when changes are very rapid. Many critical events can occur in this period:

  • Feeding patterns are established.
  • Bonding between parents and infant begin.
  • The risk for infections that may become more serious are higher.
  • Many birth or congenital defects are first noted.

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References

Carlo WA. The newborn infant. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. Geme JW, Schor NF, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 20th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2016:chap 94.

Rozance PJ, Rosenberg AA. The neonate. In: Gabbe SG, Niebyl JR, Simpson JL, et al, eds. Obstetrics: Normal and Problem Pregnancies. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier; 2017:chap 22.