Effective Baby Care for New Parents
Effective Baby Care for New Parents
After nine months of gestation are complete and you have delivered your baby, indulging in baby care might seem like a whole new ball game.
If you are a new parent, you don't have to be nervous about your baby's care anymore. Here are a few tips to help you care for your baby effectively so that you can enjoy the niceties of parenthood.
Seek Help Immediately After Childbirth
Immediately after putting to bed, it is essential to seek professional help. The experts in the hospital can be of great assistance. There are lactating or feeding specialists in most hospitals who can give you guidelines on how to kick start the baby-feeding process. You might also want to consult a nurse to show you the best ways to care for your little one.
If you are considering in-house care for your baby, you might consider reaching out to a nurse or a health agency that can give you referrals. Or you might seek the help of a neighbor whom you can trust to help you out for a short time. Also, your relatives might come in handy in cases like this, especially ones who have had babies before. However, it should be something you are comfortable with.
How to Handle Your New Born Baby
Newborn babies are fragile, especially if you are not used to handling them. However, here are a few tips you should pay attention to for your baby care:
Always Make Sure Your Hands Are Clean
Or the hands of whomever you may allow to handle your baby. Babies are still very fragile, especially newborns, and their weak immune system makes them prone to infections and diseases. It is essential to ensure that whoever handles your baby must have washed their hands with hand sanitizers or any other disinfectants.
Always Support the Head and Neck of Your Baby
When you lay your baby on its back or when you are carrying it in an upright position, you must support its head and neck. The baby’s neck is quick fragile and if not supported, can harm the child.
When Using A Carrier, Secure Your Baby Firmly In It
Also, when in a car seat or a stroller, you should fasten all the right places and avoid any rough or bouncy activities or movement which can affect the baby.
NEVER EVER SHAKE AN INFANT!
Whether you’re frustrated, angry, or just joking, never shake a newborn baby. The consequences might be grave! Even if your infant is asleep and you need to wake it up, you can blow air softly on its cheeks or tickle it on the feet. Shaking an infant can cause brain hemorrhage and might even lead to the death of your little cutie.
Bonding is done during the first few days after child delivery. It is a time when parents create emotional bonds with their newborns by being physically close.
Falling in love with your infant can improve its emotional and physical growth, especially as it is clear that kids require unconditional love to thrive. Cradling the baby and holding it to your skin while feeding is a good way to create a bond between you and your newborn.
You can also try baby massage and swaddling, which will help soothe your baby and create a bond between you.
Babies normally mess their diapers up about 70 times weekly, which implies ten times daily. Ensure you have put all the supplies in place so that you can effectively handle your baby’s diapering. Changing a girl baby’s diaper, you should clean from the front to back. It is best to avoid UTI (Urinary Tract Infection).
Also, there might be cases of diaper rash. You should always change your baby's diapers on time and clean with water and mild soap. Applying diaper rash cream rich in zinc oxide is advisable.
Sometimes you can leave the infant undiapered for at least 12 hours, to allow air to touch its skin. After three days of persistent diaper rash, you should contact your doctor.
It is recommended that your baby baths at most three times a week. This is because their skin tends to dry out with frequent bathing. You can continue to bath your baby with a sponge until it circumcision wounds heal and till its umbilical cord is severed from its navel.
Babies sleep for 16 hours daily. However, each session of sleep can last up to four hours in a stretch (especially newborns). Feeding them immediately they crave for food is a sure way to ensure they get enough sleep. Plus placing your kid on its back when it is asleep is advisable as it reduces the chances of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Umbilical cord and Circumcision
Your baby's umbilical cord should be rubbed with rubbing alcohol till it falls off. The alcohol will also make the stump to dry up. This might take three weeks at most. However, it is important to contact your baby car doctor as some might advise you do nothing to that area.
The umbilical cord typically changes color from yellow to brown or black when it is getting ready to fall off. If you notice the red color or any odor or irritation, call your doctor.
Also after Circumcision, the baby's penis is protected from sticking to its diapers by petroleum jelly rubbed on gauze. When you change its diaper, wipe the penis tip, and apply fresh petroleum jelly till the wound heals.
If you notice blisters filled with pus or swelling or redness, call your doctor immediately.