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”

PKU Testing (Newborn Screening)
PKU Testing (Newborn Screening)

Before your child leaves the hospital, testing will be performed for inherited diseases, hearing loss, jaundice, critical heart defects, etc. Screening for and treating these conditions shortly after birth helps ensure the best outcome for your baby. If there are abnormal results, your pediatrician will discuss this with you. Read More: health.utah.gov

Newborn Hearing Screening
Newborn Hearing Screening

Your baby will be screened for hearing loss before going home. Hearing is important for developing language and communication skills. Your baby may not pass the first hearing screen. If this is the case, you will be given instructions, including repeating the test within two to three weeks of going home. It is important to … Continue reading “Newborn Hearing Screening”

Hospital—Preparing for Birth
Hospital—Preparing for Birth

You’ve planned and anticipated your baby’s arrival for months, and birth may be different than you expected. What matters most is that your baby finally arrives and is healthy. Take time to consider your preferences for your baby’s birth and care following birth. Keep track of your preferences so you can let your healthcare providers … Continue reading “Hospital—Preparing for Birth”

Fontanelle (Soft Spot)
Fontanelle (Soft Spot)

You will notice 2 areas on your baby’s head that seem to be lacking bony protection. These soft spots, referred to as fontanelles (anterior for the larger one in the front, posterior for the smaller and typically less noticeable one in the back), are normal gaps in a newborn’s skull that will allow your baby’s … Continue reading “Fontanelle (Soft Spot)”

First Month: Physical Appearance & Growth
First Month: Physical Appearance & Growth

During the first month your baby will grow rapidly—about 5 to 7 ounces per week, or a pound of weight gain every 2-3 weeks. Normal newborn skin looks “leathery” or dry and will soon peel with very soft skin underneath, requiring no treatment. Newborns also have very fine hair covering their shoulders, back and other … Continue reading “First Month: Physical Appearance & Growth”

Eyes
Eyes

It is normal for mucus or secretions to accumulate in the eyes. This most likely is caused by plugged tear ducts, which can be gently cleansed with a clean cotton ball or washcloth with warm water. Notify your pediatrician if drainage from the eyes is excessive or if there is any redness or swelling of … Continue reading “Eyes”

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