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Newborn Exam: Assessment from Head to Toe

In all of the modules up until this one, we have discussed abnormalities or illnesses of newborns. In order to understand and recognize what is not normal, it is worthwhile to be clear on what is normal. In this module, Dr. Kohn will demonstrate how to examine a very well newborn. Aside from the obvious size differences and the unbelievable cuteness of newborns relative to adults, there are the influences of fetal development and transition that impact the newborn exam. Keep in mind that your exam may be the first physical evaluation that this baby has in its life!

6 videos (Total 24 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Introduction and Vital Signs5m
Newborn Exam: Heart and Lungs4m
Newborn Exam: Lower Body3m
Newborn exam: Abdomen Area4m
Newborn Exam: Head Assessment4m
2 readings
About Us: Your Instructors20m
Resource: Newborn with Respiratory Distress10m
1 practice exercise
The Newborn Exam: Learning Assessment30m
4 hours to complete

Ensure heart health

Our task as providers of health care to newborns is to detect which of the many seemingly well babies has an underlying health care problem that needs to be addressed. Previously, we reviewed the screening method that we use to look for critical congenital heart disease. In this module, we will cover the surveillance technique, that is, the physical findings that should make us suspect a newborn might have congenital heart disease.

6 videos (Total 22 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Fundamentals of Newborn Cardiac Exam4m
Heart Murmurs3m
Heart Case Studies: Part 16m
Heart Case Studies: Part 22m
Heart Case Studies: Part 32m
4 readings
Heart Health Supportive Readings: AAP1h
Resource: Merck Manuals and References40m
Differential Diagnosis and Approach to a heart murmur in term infants.3m
American Heart Association. Symptoms and Diagnosis of Congenital Heart Defect10m
2 practice exercises
Ensure Heart Health: Learning Assessment30m
Your Turn: Cardiac Case Assessment40m
2 hours to complete

Ensure lung health

In this module, we will first identify normal components of the respiratory exam. We will use this information to recognize “abnormal” respiratory exams in newborns, meaning recognition of physical exam findings consistent with respiratory distress. Then, we will use the information we learned about the respiratory exam to work through a case of a newborn with respiratory distress

4 videos (Total 16 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Lungs Case Studies: Part 16m
Lung Case Studies: Part 21m
Lungs Case Studies: Part 32m
3 readings
Respiratory Distress in the Newborn4m
Resource: Lungs and Chest Stanford Newborn Nursery10m
Newborn Retractions10m
2 practice exercises
Part 1: Ensure Lung Health, Lecture Learning Assessment30m
Your Turn: Respiratory Assessment40m
3 hours to complete

Diagnose common illnesses in the first month

Nearly 41% of children who die under the age of 5 are less than 28 days old. The first month of life is a particularly vulnerable time for these little ones. In this module, you will learn some signs or symptoms that are concerning in newborns in the first month of life, and that need medical attention. You will also learn some common findings that are concerning to parents, but not concerning medically. Those are conditions for which reassurance and/or watchful waiting is appropriate. Distinguishing between concerning and benign conditions will help you ensure the safety and health of newborn babies!

6 videos (Total 34 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
6 videos
Identifying Signs that Require Immediate Medical Care: Part 25m
Identifying Signs That Require Urgent Medical Care6m
Newborn Breathing4m
Identifying Reassuring Normal Signs5m
More Reassuring Normal Signs4m
6 readings
Newborn death and illness:20m
Kids Health from Nemours: Fevers10m
Common Conditions in Newborns15m
NIH: What are some of the basics of infant health?20m
Changes in the newborn at birth10m
Mayo Clinic: Infant and toddler health15m
1 practice exercise
Diagnosing Illness30m
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Top reviews from The Newborn Assessment

By MHFeb 19th 2019

really this course is amazing and i gained a lot of experience and i enjoy it also i wanna thank my teachers



Christine Gold

MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Medical Director UCH Well Newborn Unit

Mary Kohn, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Daniel Nicklas

Assistant Professor, Director of Primary Care Education for the Pediatrics Residency, Co-medical Director for the Pediatric Call Center
Department of Pediatrics

About University of Colorado System

The University of Colorado is a recognized leader in higher education on the national and global stage. We collaborate to meet the diverse needs of our students and communities. We promote innovation, encourage discovery and support the extension of knowledge in ways unique to the state of Colorado and beyond....

About the Newborn Baby Care Specialization

A newborn baby is an amazing beautiful life filled with hope. Unfortunately, many babies die or experience preventable harm even in 21st century. It is imperative that babies who are born healthy get off to a healthy start in the first month of life. There are some easy tenets of care to implement that help ensure that babies and families get off to a healthy start no matter where they are in the world. In this specialization learners will acquire the skills necessary for newborn baby care to optimize their health in the hours, days and weeks after they are born. The courses are designed to move the learner through the progression of care for healthy newborns in the first month of life. The first half of the specialization consists of clinical provisions such as initial medical interventions and screenings, health assessments and resulting diagnoses. The second half focuses on care provided at home including transport and sleep safety, nutrition, and parental and caregiver bonding....
Newborn Baby Care

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