One of the biggest concerns for a mother after giving birth is to be prepared or not prepared enough for the care that a newborn demands, the idea can even be overwhelming as it represents a new world of uncertainty.
Newborns have many demands such as the constant monitoring of proper breathing, keeping in proper fear, constant feeding and diaper changing. The first year of life for babies is a time full of change, growth and discovery for your baby so it is important to be prepared for it. The more you know about your newborn's health and care, the more confident you will feel when they arrive and when it is time to take them home.
Ask, ask, ask. Don't hesitate - you and your partner - to ask the nurses for help and advice about basic newborn care:
How to hold the Newborn in the right way to give the necessary support to his or her neck
How to wrap the newborn
Changing Newborn Diapers
Cleaning the Umbilical Cord of the Newborn
Burping the Newborn
Bathing the Newborn
Taking a Newborn's Temperature
How to properly care for your newborn boy if he has a circumcision
How to Use a Suctioner to Clean Newborn Nostrils Without Hurting
Ask your doctor for help if you need it, ask about special newborn health care counseling programs, and ask if there are lactation consultants. Remember, the first visit with your newborn's doctor on the third or fourth day after birth is critical.
After birth, babies immediately need some important tests and procedures to ensure their health.
The newborn's head is measured
Weight and height are recorded
The temperature is taken
The baby's heart rate and breathing are recorded.
Apgar Test: This is a quick test done at 1 minute and 5 minutes immediately after birth. This test helps the doctor assess the newborn's overall health by measuring five signs that are
Activity and muscle tone
Metabolic Screening Test: The newborn's heel is pricked to take a small blood sample that is tested for many diseases.
Hepatitis B vaccine
Prevention of eye infections with Ophthalmological care.
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