Newborn babies are precious, priceless, endearing and also helpless. As a caretaker, you need to keep some important points in mind to avoid any serious complications. Here are some essential newborn care tips you must remember.
How to Hold the Baby
Newborns are delicate creatures that do not know how to use their hands, legs and also cannot control their own necks. When handling or holding a newborn, ensure that you always keep your palm at the back of their neck to give them support to hold their necks.
Even if you think you are a pro at handling babies, expert advice is always welcome. You must never delay your pediatrician visits to rule out any complications. You must take your baby regularly to the doctor to monitor weight gain, height increase and to rule out any possible infections.
Whether you wish to feed your breastmilk on demand or on a strict 4-hour schedule is best decided by your doctor. Even if you are giving your baby formula, take advice from your doctor on how and what should be given and at what time intervals.
Newborn babies have low immunities and so, they tend to fall sick often. You need to regularly check their health and show them to a doctor in case of the smallest health problem. Do not neglect any health issue that can become bigger later.
This is a serious case and although many infants die suddenly, you need to be careful and monitor them always. When making your baby sleep in a crib, ensure that there is enough ventilation and that your child is breathing normally.
Don’t rush to change their diapers every time they wake up
Doing so would only jostle them wide awake. It’s not necessary that every time the baby wakes up, they need a diaper change. Put good quality diapers during night time and you need to change them only if your child poops. Nighttime diaper changes should be done using wet wipes warmed in a wipe warmer.
Be Prepared for Sick Days
Infants, babies, toddlers, and children before reaching their teens fall sick more than adults. Be prepared for sick days. Regardless of how clean you keep your home or how healthy your child’s diet is, they will fall sick, more often than you would want. Vomits, coughs, runny nose, throwing up, loose stools, etc are common sicknesses that children will have. Ensure that you have a good pediatrician for your child. Do not try unnecessary home remedies all the time. It is good to have a doctor handy in case of any emergencies.
These are some things you should be taking care of while caring for your newborn baby. Also, check for diaper rashes and keep your baby free from the diaper atleast for a few hours a day.