4 tips to take care of your newborn
During the first 10 days home with your baby, some things will come very naturally, others may not. To help you get off to a good start, we created this quick guide for navigating the baby basics.
The experience of breastfeeding is special for so many reasons the joyful bonding with your baby the cost saving and the health benefits for both mother and child will have some tips and suggestions to help you successfully breastfeed.
-Start early - The first breastfeeding within the first hour "golden hour" of life improves infant survival and prolongs the duration of exclusive breastfeeding.
-Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to six months of age.
-Breastfeeding should be on demand as often as a child wants, day and night.
2. Urine, Stools & Diaper Care
-After the first 72 hours, a baby should pass at least six times in 24 hours.
-Stole frequency is unpredictable - a baby may pass 7-8 times a day or once in 7 days.
-A babies Stool may be green in colour, which is normal.
-Use diaper rash cream before us and after every cleaning.
-Change diapers frequently, especially after the baby passes stool. There is a higher tendency of infections if you leave it on.
3. Baby`s Bath
-A baby should be given a bath after the first 24 hours.
-Both traditional (baby on lap) and tub bath are okay.
-Water should be lukewarm, any mild, gentle soap can be used.
-Oil massages can precede the bath and after the baby 7-10 days old.
-Wiping the baby right after the birth is the most important thing to keep in mind.
-If the baby has dry skin, a baby lotion or cream may be applied as a moisturiser after the birth
4. Signs of Illness
A small amount of vomiting, occasional sneezing or coughing, hiccup or normal in a baby. If you encounter any of the below mentioned then your baby immediately the hospital.
-If the skin has turned blue.
-The baby is not breathing.
-When the baby is deep yellow in colour, it may be jaundice.
-Abnormal moments, like fits and rolling of the eyes.
-If the baby is not feeding well.-If the baby is very lethargic.
Although it’s perfectly normal to experience a degree of bleeding, discomfort and tiredness after giving birth, there are several postnatal symptoms that need immediate medical intervention. Many women have an uncomplicated recovery after pregnancy, labor and delivery but here are a few symptoms that you need to be on the lookout for post pregnancy.
-Vaginal bleeding that is saturating a pad every hour
-Breast tenderness or pain that is accompanied by fever, chills, fatigue, headache or nausea and/or vomiting
-Burning or pain with urination
-Persistent or increasing pain in the vaginal area
-Breasts that are sore and hot to the touch.
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