The nurse is performing discharge teaching to a client who gave birth to her first child. Which statement by the client indicates a need for further teaching?

  1. “I will put my baby to sleep on her tummy.”
  2. “My baby’s first visit to the doctor should be 3 to 5 days after birth.”
  3. “I should keep my baby in an approved car seat while riding in the car.”
  4. “I will keep the numbers of my pediatrician and the poison control center handy.”
Number 1 is correct.
Rationale: Infants should be placed on their backs for sleeping. Placing an infant on her stomach for sleep increases the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that newborns have the first checkup 3 to 5 days after birth. Infants should use an approved car seat when riding in a car, and never use car seats that have been in a crash or bought secondhand, as their safety status is unknown. Keeping important numbers such as the pediatrician and poison control center handy saves time in an emergency.