Alan Meltzer

last updated 4/13/2018

Alan J. Meltzer

Director, MD at Morristown Memorial Hospital

100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey, United States
HQ Phone:
(973) 971-5000

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Director, Division of General Pediatrics - Atlantic Health

Contributor - Daily Record



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Baby's First Tests: What to Can Expect During Your Hospital Stay

"The initial evaluation and management of the newly-born infant assures a healthy and smooth transition from in utero to extra-uterine life," says Dr. Alan Meltzer, general pediatrics division director at Morristown Memorial Hospital in Morristown, NJ. After BirthWhen your baby first leaves the comfort and safety of the womb, he is vulnerable to countless germs and diseases.So once his umbilical cord is clamped and cut and he is dried and wrapped up, your baby will receive various medications and screenings to protect him from infection and help ensure his well-being. Within one minute of birth, your baby will be given an APGAR score from 0 to 10 based on an evaluation of heart rate, respiration, muscle tone, reflexes and color.A score of 0, 1 or 2 will be assigned for each category.For example, a limp baby will receive a 0 for muscle tone, while a baby who actively moves his arms and legs will receive a 2.This evaluation is repeated at five minutes after birth, and most babies score between 7 and 9. "The APGAR score helps with communicating the condition of the newborn in the first minutes of life," says Dr. Meltzer.Once your baby's APGAR score is recorded, he will be given back to you to hold and bond with for several minutes before being weighed and measured.

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"There is no such thing as safe levels of lead," said Dr. Alan Meltzer, director of the Division of General Pediatrics and Pediatric Residency Training Program for the Goryeb Children's Hospital at Morristown Memorial Hospital.In light of the recalls, more parents are expressing concerns and acting on them by having their children tested for lead, Meltzer said."It's a simple blood test covered by most insurance companies," he said."The recommended ages to test for lead are on the 12- and 24-month visit.Those are the ages that children tend to put things in their mouth."Meltzer discouraged using home lead testing kits and instead recommends the CPSC list.

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Executive Council - New Jersey AAP

Alan Meltzer, MD,FAAP

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