How to perform newborn examination? - Pediatric OSCE skills

Newborn Physical examination

Assesment of newborn infant is a commonly asked observed OSCE station

The first few general steps followed during a quick neonatal examination are as follows. (Mark distribution in brackets)

Actions Marks
Introduction to mother 0.5
Cry/Activity of child 0.5
Rooting/Sucking/feeding 1
Passed urine/stool 1
Look for any gross congenital anomaly (structural)/hernial sites 1
The temperature of child, specially peripheries 1
Look for the icterus/ cyanosis-color of baby 1
Auscultation of chest for respiratory and CVS system 1
Look for congenital dislocation of hip 1
Respiratory rate, breathing pattern 1
Umbilical sepsis/superficial skin infections 1

The Following power point presentation covers steps to be followed for the examination of a newborn baby


Dr G Malini | DNB Pediatrics

Dr Malini is a senior Consultant and Head, Department of Pediatrics at Bhilai Steel Plant Hospital.