Preparing For Your New Baby
Preparing For Your New Baby

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  • New parents can become overwhelmed by the abundance of baby products on the market, and confused about which ones they actually need.
  • The list of essential items that parents need to buy before the arrival of their baby is actually quite small.
  • Other items can be skipped altogether or postponed until a later date.
How can I ease my baby’s pain during immunizations?
How can I ease my baby’s pain during immunizations?

Article at a Glance

  • The 5 S’s can be a good tool for reducing distress in infants.
  • Other options may also provide relief.
  • Parental mood is important, too.
Umbilical Cord Care
Umbilical Cord Care

While our parents were advised to clean our umbilical cords with alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, we now know that all your baby needs is to have the cord kept clean and dry. Sponge bathe your baby rather than submerging the cord in water. Keep the diaper rim folded below the umbilical cord to prevent urine … Continue reading “Umbilical Cord Care”

Water
Water

Breastmilk and properly mixed formula contain the perfect amount of water for your baby. Additional water is unnecessary and can be dangerous. As your baby advances to taking other foods, small amounts of water can be offered. Discuss this with your pediatrician at well-visits. When using water to mix formula, follow instructions on the can. … Continue reading “Water”

Thrush
Thrush

Thrush is a common infection of the mouth and tongue caused by yeast. An infant with this infection will have white patches on the inside of the lips and cheeks which will not rub off. Untreated thrush can lead to a severe diaper rash caused by the same yeast or yeast infection of mom’s nipples … Continue reading “Thrush”

Reflexes, Hiccups, & Infant Behavior
Reflexes, Hiccups, & Infant Behavior

Babies are born with reflexes that influence much of their behavior over the first few months. Some of these include sucking, turning the head toward your hand if you stroke her cheek or mouth, and the grasp reflex in which stroking your baby’s palm or underside of their foot will cause them to curl their … Continue reading “Reflexes, Hiccups, & Infant Behavior”

Preventing SIDS – Sleep Positioning
Preventing SIDS – Sleep Positioning

Always put your baby to sleep on his back and on a firm sleep surface. Keep soft objects, loose bedding, or any other objects that could increase the risk of entrapment, suffocation, or strangulation out of the crib. Place your baby to sleep in the same room with you but not the same bed. Your … Continue reading “Preventing SIDS – Sleep Positioning”

Preventing Illness in Newborns
Preventing Illness in Newborns

Avoid large crowds and be careful in public places for the first 2 months of life. Good hand washing before and after handling your baby is one of the most important things you can do to prevent infection. You should always have hand sanitizer available. Anyone caring for your baby should be up to date … Continue reading “Preventing Illness in Newborns”

Premature Infants
Premature Infants

Your baby may have been born earlier than expected. It’s normal to have a lot of questions, feel stress and to be worried. Premature babies require extra medical care and support that is often given in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). As a parent to a premature baby, there are resources available to you … Continue reading “Premature Infants”

Postpartum Depression
Postpartum Depression

It is normal to have emotional ups and downs after delivering a baby. For some mothers, the experience of pregnancy and childbirth is followed by significant sadness, anxiety, difficult sleeping and difficulty making decisions. A depressed or anxious mother may not be able to provide the nurturing that her baby needs to grow and thrive—putting … Continue reading “Postpartum Depression”

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