Taking care of your baby is the important thing for parents and taking care of a newly born is quite a responsibility. However, parenting doesn’t come with a user manual. Hence, to know how to take proper care of your infant is very important in order to give them a healthy life while they grow up.
Let’s have a look at the basic yet most important things while taking care of your baby-
1. Way of handling newborn baby-
Newborn babies are very delicate and soft. Therefore, one should take very careful and correct way to handle them. It is important to take care of cleanliness. For this, wash the hands well with anti-septic sanitizer liquid before lifting the newborn into the lap so that the child is not at risk of any infection. The immunization system of a newborn is weak compared to a large one. Children’s bones are also very fragile, so keep the child’s head and neck properly and support while raising the baby. Neonates can’t handle many of their body activities themselves, in such a way they need support. As long as the child is in the lap, maintain complete focus on the movement and change their position accordingly.
2. Protect the newborn from any kind of shock-
Never shake the newborn aggressively. It has been found in a study that doing so increases the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) on children. It starts bleeding in the head of the child and can also cause death. At the same time, if you want to wake your child from sleep, then the better way is to cut a little twitch on their leg.
3. Correct way of Lactation (breastfeeding)-
We all know that only mother’s milk is the best diet for the newborn. Immediately after delivery, the mother’s milk is yellowish and thick and it enhances the child’s immunity. At the same time the child and the mother must be in the correct position for breastfeeding. Mother should lift the baby in both arms and bring the baby’s whole body towards her. After this, she can breastfeed her child. Take care of one important thing while breastfeeding, Do not put the child on your chest too assertively. Doing so may suffocate him. The child breathes from the nose while breast-feeding and leaves it because his mouth remains closed. In such a way, the nose hole should not be closed or else it would be difficult to breathe.
4. Correct Bottle-feeding method-
If you can’t breastfeed the baby, feed him with a baby food or powder milk bottle. You also need to take several precautions in this. The infant needs to be given the powder milk in the correct amount. Read the instructions written on the milk box and accordingly give milk to the baby. Also, wash the feeding bottle with boiled water before feeding the baby. Unsterilized bottle of milk or the wrong amount of milk powder can be harmful for the child.
Feed the baby every three hours or whenever the baby feels hungry. Don’t ever keep the milk bottle with left over milk into the refrigerator. Prepare fresh milk every time you are feeding the baby instead of giving him the leftover milk in the bottle. Keep the bottle with milk always in the 45 degree angle while feeding the baby. Make sure the child is not sucking the air, If the bottle is empty.
5. Things to keep in mind while feeding the baby-
If the mother of the newborn does not have milk, then she can feed baby food to the baby. But in any case don’t put any concrete meal by mistake in the child’s mouth. Do not even give water until the baby is 6 months old. By giving solid food or water before 6 months, the child’s health can worsen, which can also endanger his life. Apart from this, if the mother is breastfeeding, she should also take care of her diet too. Whatever the mother eats, the newborn gets it through breast-feeding. It has been revealed in a research that if a mother eats bitter-gourd in the meal, then her baby may get bitter taste when breast-feeding. If you are breastfeeding do not eat anything inverted. Eat more pulses and eat nutritious food.
6. Keep these things in mind while making the baby sleep-
It is important to keep the newborn wrapped in warm clothes. This makes the child feel safe and it is also important because the newborn children seem to feel cold. Keep the infant from 0-2 months in the cloth, but keep in mind that you do not make them wear too much clothes. This might make him feel hotter than required, that can reach his mind and put his life in jeopardy. The newborn relaxes only by sleeping for 16 to 20 hours. It is very important for the child to get the right sleep for him to grow well. Besides, try to make the child sleep without pillows but if you are keeping pillow under his head then it should be very light and soft. Also, the head of a child should not stay in the same place on pillow. Apart from this, some children wake up at night and sleep all day. In such a situation, to make the baby sleep at night, keep the baby room completely dark.
7. Situations to consult the doctor immediately –
If your baby is breastfeeding for a long time, then they can wet diapers 6 to 8 times throughout the day, and this can cause some disturbance in their stomach too. But it is important to know what time you need to contact the doctor. If the child wets the dipper more than four times, take him to the doctor immediately. Apart from this, it is found that they get in the grip of diseases like neonatal and pneumonia easily. Also, if you see the child crying more than a limit, then consult your doctor immediately.