Newborn Care Specialist

Richard G. Merkler, MD, FAAP -  - Pediatrician

Richard G. Merkler, MD, FAAP

Pediatrician located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Richard Merkler, MD, FAAP, provides thorough, understanding newborn care and well-baby visits at his Midtown West in Manhattan, New York City practice. By listening to each parent’s experiences and concerns and taking the time required to investigate, respond, and reassure, he builds confidence in new parents and ensures top-of-the-line care for newborn patients.

Newborn Care Q&A

What is a well-baby visit?

Quite simply put, a well-baby visit is a check-up for infants. These important appointments allow the pediatrician to monitor baby’s health and wellness when it is critically important, as well as identify potential problems and intervene early. Well-baby visits also ensure vaccines are administered according to the recommended schedule.

How often should well-baby visits be scheduled?

Well-baby visits are recommended 1-2 weeks after birth and then at 1 month, 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and 9 months old. Additionally, office visits can be scheduled any time parents are concerned about the child’s health or wellness.

What can parents expect during a well-baby appointment?

During a well-baby visit, the Dr. Merkler and his team:

  • Measure baby’s length, weight, and head circumference and compare to other babies his or her age
  • Measure and record baby’s vital signs including temperature, blood pressure, oxygen saturation, heart rate, and breathing rate
  • Assess the child’s development
  • Administer any vaccinations due
  • Educate the parent on appropriate diet, sleep, and development for their age

Does insurance cover well-baby visits?

Almost all insurance policies cover well-baby visits. Parents who are unsure can call member services at their insurance provider to find out more about their coverage and personal responsibility.

Why are well-baby visits so important?

Well-baby visits are an opportunity for Dr. Merkler to evaluate newborns for problems at a critical time in their development. When developmental delays or health problems are caught early, intervention can be taken and the chance of positive outcomes improve. An important aspect of well-baby care is parental education, which assists parents in providing adequate nutrition, learning opportunities, and caring for their children, as well as teaching parents how to identify signs and symptoms of a problem.

How can parents prepare for well-baby visits?

Parents can prepare for well-baby visits by:

  • Writing down their questions and concerns ahead of time; it’s easy to forget in the doctor’s office
  • Bring an extra diaper, wipes, and change of clothes
  • Bring items that comfort baby for after they receive any vaccinations

The best step parents can take is to familiarize themselves with the well-baby schedule and show up for all scheduled appointments.


We accept the majority of health insurance plans. Please contact our office if you do not see yours listed or have any other questions.

1199 National Benefit Fund
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield
Great West
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
Oxford United Healthcare
United Healthcare