When you are entrusted with things, make sure the care that you give is exceptional. As humans, it is our nature to be grateful for the things that are given to us, and in return, we take care of it. Caring is one of the selfless acts one could offer, and the best foundation of this is Newborn Care.
The period you’ve been carrying your infant inside your womb may be challenging and exhausting, but the moment you hear their first cry and witness how they open their eyes is a heart-melting moment. You’ll realize that no matter how hard your pregnancy stage was; it will be easily wipe out the moment the baby is born. You feel like you need to protect them from anything. You know that you need to take care of that baby for the rest of your life.
Newborn Care is the act of looking after a child who is under twenty-eight days of age. The first days of an infant are the most crucial and risky period that requires supreme care and safety precautions. Newborn care helps in minimizing the chances of catching health problems and maximizing the growth and development to increase the chances of survival. Newborn care includes activities and safety measures for the parents and caregivers in building a strong foundation for a healthy life. Newborn care practice provides the basic needs of a baby, such as warmth, mother’s milk, and prevention from infection.
Newborn care can be overwhelming and worrisome especially for first-time parents, but with the correct supervision and best practice, you’ll likely make the finest parents for your Newborn. As parents, there are many things you need to know about Newborn care.
– Be prepared.
Before reaching the due date of pregnancy, parents are preparing emotionally, physically, and financially. In case you are in your labor, you could easily grab the bag with all your needs and the baby. Packing the clothes, blankets, burp pad, nurse pillow, milk storage containers, breast pumps, and diapers a week or month before the expected date is required.
– Two Heads are better than one.
After giving birth, your body is still weak. Bed rest and little amount of body movement are highly recommended. You need to take care of yourself like you take care of your newborn. You need helping hands to do these things. Your husband is the immediate assistant you’ll have, but will not be enough. It’s advisable that after giving birth, ask for help or assistance from your family or nurses. They can be your source of information in terms of proper baby handling, baby washing as well as proper ways of breastfeeding.
– Warmth is the best affection.
“Kangaroo method” is a skin to skin, or chest to chest method used for preterm babies. It is developmental care by holding the baby’s skin to skin against the mother or the father’s bare chest. This method is also helpful for babies with normal weight because it has many benefits. The warmth they get from this method is almost the same as what they have while inside the tummy, they will feel comfortable, decreasing their crying and stress. That way they can get a better and peaceful sleep, which is very essential for them since they are still developing. The warmth feeling provides them temperature and blood pressure regulation, heart rate, and respiratory stability, Brain, cognitive and motor development, Improved immune system function, Weight gain.
Handle with Care
- Newborn skin is sensitive and high risk with infections. Practice that every time you will touch or get close with your baby, you already washed and sanitized your hands. Make sure that everyone who will be handling your baby has cleaned their hands since their immune system is still unstable to be exposed to bacteria and germs.
- The proper carrying of the baby needs to be practice. Newborn body parts are still fragile, weak, and prone to injuries since they are developing. When you want to carry your baby, give the neck and the head superior support, and gently cradle the head and neck when laying your baby down or carrying them upright. No matter how much you want to play with your baby, take note that their internal organs are still soft and not yet fully developed, so when you shake the baby or make any unnecessary physical play or activities may cause the organ damage that may lead to death. If you need to wake up your baby, just tickle the feet.
- Make sure that your baby’s area is safe from any injury that could harm the baby. Always secure your baby when you put them down on the bed, be sure that there is no way that he/she might fall, make sure that there are no sharp edges and pointed objects near your baby. Always be sure that your baby is secured every time you put them into a stroller or a crib.
- Breastfeeding is a very essential part of newborn care. The natural milk coming from a mother’s breast is very helpful to ensure the baby’s growth and survival. It contains antibodies that contribute to building stronger immunity to your baby, this immunity helps the baby fight off bacteria and viruses. It is also the only source of nutrition for your baby during his first days. You must find the proper position to make you and the baby comfortable while breastfeeding, with some trial and error you’ll eventually find the correct position, just make sure that when trying positions, his or her ear, shoulder, and hip are in a straight line. The head of the baby should not turn to the side. You may use a pillow to help you elevate the baby making him comfortable while feeding.
Bathing, umbilical cord care and changing diapers
Taking care of the umbilical cord is also important in newborn care. Dab the area with rubbing alcohol using a clean, wet cotton ball or swab at every diaper change until the cord stump dries up and falls off. The belly, especially the navel shouldn’t be submerged in water until the cord stump falls off and completely healed. Call your doctor in case you notice a red color or foul odor building up the navel area.
Bathing comes after the umbilical cord stump falls off. Bathing seems to be strenuous work, be sure that all the things you need are easy to reach especially the soap and the towel since you need to hold your baby all the time. Use a plastic tub or a sink with warm water. Gently put the baby inside the tab and regularly pour water to the body so that your baby won’t get cold, use a mild and unscented soap. After you wash the body, gently dry and wrap your baby’s body with a towel and make sure to cover the head. Never leave your baby alone when bathing them.
After a bowel movement or when the diaper is wet be sure to immediately change your baby’s diaper to avoid diaper rash and other health issues that may affect the urinary tract. Gently lay your baby down and remove the diaper, clean the genital area with water, cotton balls, and wipes. You may apply ointment to prevent rashes and be sure to wash your hands before and after changing the diaper of the baby.
Putting the baby to sleep:
You may experience sleepless nights during the first days of your post-pregnancy, but it’s normal since newborns tend to be more awake at night and sleepy during the day. Make sure when putting your baby to sleep you lay them with their back and avoid too much blanket, pillows, and stuff animals around as it may cause sudden infant death syndrome. Be sure that your baby’s position while sleeping is secure.
Taking care of your newborn is just the beginning of your parenting journey. Doing newborn care is challenging and requires a lot of patience and learning, but with the proper practice and guidance, you will provide your baby with the best care foundation. You may be anxious, and every time your baby cries or move will make you worry, but as soon as you develop your parenting routine, you’ll be more confident about taking care of your newborn. Do it with pleasure and affection, as it will affect your baby’s growth and development. If you have concerns and questions, Chariss Family Medical Clinic Med-Spa, Inc., will be happy to answer your queries. The clinic provides the best parenting practices, that will make sure your baby will have the best parents.