Care For A Newborn Baby

For new parents, the first few months with their child can be chaotic and overwhelming. Everyone will give you contradictory suggestions regarding how to care for a newborn kid. Selecting which newborn care advice to follow might be challenging. Although taking care of a newborn is demanding and taxing, it is also one of the most joyous and fulfilling moments of your life.

Advice for Caring for a Newborn Baby

Holding: Because the baby's neck muscles have not yet matured, you must always support the baby's head when picking her up.

Bathing: Although it can be difficult, it should be done correctly. Make an effort to be kind, and use baby shampoo. Keep the infant in the proper position while being kind. Whatever items you select for the baby, make sure they are of high quality, have undergone clinical testing, and won't cause skin abrasions. You can discuss what to pick and what to avoid with the doctor. It is important to conduct an allergy test on the baby product.

Breastfeeding: Breast feeding is best for babies, on demand. Some indications that the baby is hungry include crying, raising the hands to the mouth, lip licking, sucking, and clenching the fingers. Feed the infant accordingly.

Burping: After feeding, babies need to be burped. While eating, babies swallow air, which causes gas and colic in their tummies. This extra air is expelled by burping, which improves digestion and helps to avoid spit-ups and stomach cramps. With one hand, hold the infant firmly to your chest. She should have her chin on your shoulder. Gently pat or rub the back with your other hand till the baby burps.

Limit your guests: Everyone will be eager to meet the newborn. But you must politely restrict visits without coming off as rude. Tell them that because the infant is prone to infections, it is better to be safe than sorry and be cautious.

Dress correctly: Do not overdress the infant. The infant may start to perspire heavily, feel itchy, and act irritable.

Change of diapers: If this is your first time becoming a parent, you will be surprised at how many diapers the baby goes through each day. To make your life easier, try to stock up on diapers before bringing your child home. Diaper rashes are frequent in children between the ages of 0 and 2 years, so be prepared for them. Do not forget to use diaper rash cream when changing the diaper. It offers the baby enough protection and reduces skin friction.

Massage: One of the best ways to develop a bond with the child is through massage. When rubbing the baby, be gentle. Did you realise? His or her sleep may be improved by massage, which is also peaceful and restful.

Sleep: Your child may sleep for the majority of the day. But keep in mind that he or she might also get up during the night. So, instead of getting upset or disappointed, be ready.

If the infant develops a fever, cough, cold, watery stools, chest discomfort, refuses to take a feeding, or occasionally vomits, seek medical attention.

Dr. Ashu Sawhney
Additional Director
Department of Neonatology & Paediatrics
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