6 Tips on how to care for your new born
Posted on19 Jul 2019
Tip 2: Never shake your newborn Whether in play or in frustration. Shaking can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. If you need to wake your infant, don't do it by shaking — instead, tickle your baby's feet or blow gently on a cheek.
Tip 3: Feeding Fast Facts Is my baby getting enough to eat? This is a very common concern for new moms. Here are a few signs your baby is well-fed or ready for more: Whether breastfeeding or formula feeding, your baby should have frequent wet diapers—at least 4 to 6 daily. In between feedings, babies should sleep, or appear content or playful. Remember to feed as much as you can to avoid jaundice. Signs of jaundice is due to your baby not being fed enough. When babies are hungry, they may begin smacking their lips together, turning their head toward your breast or looking around for their bottle. Crying can be a late sign of hunger.
Tip 4: Routine Checkups Are important Maintaining routine checkups is one of the most important things you can do to ensure your baby's health. These visits with your pediatrician not only provide vital information (i.e. height, weight, head circumference) to make sure your baby is growing at a healthy rate, they also help you stay up-to-date on vaccines that can prevent many serious childhood illnesses. Your pd will also help chart your baby's growth and will advise if your baby is on track or not. The checkup is also an opportunity for you to get your specific baby questions answered, and address any concerns you may have. It helps to prepare in advance, it is also good to be prepared, bring any of your questions along and get the experts to answer any of your concerns.
Tip 5: Supplements for infants Usually we will try to address what we can see, but what we don't see, we think we need not need to attend. You can see your baby growing on the outside, but inside their immune system is developing as well. Breastfeeding positively influences the type and amounts of healthy bacteria in the baby's digestive tract, whereas antibiotics can negatively impact the balance between good and non-beneficial bacteria. Antibiotics destroys all good and bad bacteria. This imbalance can potentially lead to colic, fussiness, crying, eczema and food allergies. Giving your baby a daily probiotic such as Lactokids + Probiotics with prebiotics, colostrum, calcium and vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, B9 and D3—can help reduce poor appetite and crying related to occasional digestive upset and help support your baby's developing digestive system and immune system.
Tip 6: Bonding time Bonding, probably one of the most pleasurable parts of infant care, happens during the sensitive time in the first hours and days after birth when parents make a deep connection with their infant. Physical closeness can promote an emotional connection. For infants, the attachment contributes to their emotional growth, which also affects their development in other areas, such as physical growth. Another way to think of bonding is "falling in love" with your baby. Children thrive from having a parent or other adult in their life who loves them unconditionally. Begin bonding by cradling your baby and gently stroking him or her in different patterns.
Both you and your partner can also take the opportunity to be "skin-to-skin," holding your newborn against your own skin while feeding or cradling. Caring for a new baby can seem scary and overwhelming at first. But remember, there are many other new moms out there right now, feeling just like you! You are not alone—seek the support and guidance you need, and know that your pediatrician is a great resource to help you and your baby thrive. Parents support is also important, as they would have past experience to help guide you along as a new parent.