Important Announcement re: After Hours Advice Line

As you know medical costs continue to climb and we are currently confronted with the need to change, and pay significantly more for, our after hours advice calls.  We are committed to providing thorough and timely medical advice for your family, including after hours. 

After an extensive search and review process, we are pleased to announce that starting on 2/1/24 we, along with all UBCP-affiliated practices, will be offering after hours advice through a new group, Anytime Pediatrics.  

When our office is closed, including on holidays, you may call Anytime Pediatrics for advice at (623) 663-1707. As before, if your child needs an after-hours appointment, appointments can be made at GoHealth in Oakland. One important change to note is that we will bill your insurance for these calls, and that these calls may be subject to a co-pay, co-insurance, or deductible, if not covered by your insurance. 


Prior to making an after-hour call, the providers at Berkeley Pediatrics recommend that you look up your child’s symptoms on the AAP website symptom checker: 



FAQs About Newborn Care

Having a newborn is an exciting time, and a busy time. If you are new to parenting, you probably have some questions about newborn care. Your pediatrician has the answers and the expertise to help you.

What You Need To Know About Newborn Care

These are just a few of the most frequently asked questions and answers about newborn care:

When should the first newborn care visit happen?

The first newborn care visit with the pediatrician happens early, usually within 2 to 5 days of birth. This visit can happen while you are both still in the hospital.

What about feeding my newborn?

Newborn babies will want to feed every 2 to 3 hours if you are breastfeeding. Formula fed newborns will want to feed every 3 to 4 hours.

What about the sleeping habits of my newborn?

For the first few weeks, your newborn will want to sleep at least 16 hours a day. Remember to place your baby on his or her back to sleep. This helps your baby breathe more easily. You should try to sleep when your baby sleeps, so you are rested and refreshed when you care for your baby.

What about diaper changes?

Your baby’s stool will be black at first, and then change to dark green, and then to yellow. If the stool is red, you should visit the pediatrician, because it could be a sign of blood in the stool.

What about bathing my baby?

Always use only mild soap and lukewarm water, and don’t bathe your baby too often because it will dry out your baby’s skin. Be sure and clean the folds of skin carefully, because it’s a common place for bacteria to hide.

Want To Know More?

Your pediatrician is an expert at children’s medical care, including newborn care. To find out more facts about newborn care and what to expect, call your pediatrician today.

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