June 27, 2012
Do You Know How to Take Care of Your Newborn?
- Always place the baby on its back, including after feeding
- Clean the umbilical cord with alcohol every diaper change; keep diaper folded below cord; notify physician for drainage or odor
- Breastfeed every 2 to 3 hours on demand
- If feeding with formula, feed every 3 to 4 hours, burp every ½ to 1 ounce and after feeding
- Change soiled diapers quickly; diaper away from umbilical cord, swaddle up to 10 days
- Keep the baby’s bottom clean and dry paying attention to folds, girls clean front to back
- Newborns usually have 7 to 8 wet diapers/day; less for breast fed babies until milk is in
- Breast fed infants will have meconium which is greenish black, yellow, slightly watery and seedy stools
- Formula fed infants will have meconium that is greenish black, brown, pasty; note changes in pattern or very watery stool; notify physician if stools are watery
- Sponge bath every other day until cord or circumcision is completely healed; gather all articles needed before beginning with face, then body, hair last
- Keep circumcision clean until healed which is about 10 days. Notify physician for drainage, odor, failture to urinate, bleeding.
- Take infant’s temperature under its arm. Notify physician of temperature elevation as per physician instruction
- Infants sleep at least 16 hours per day; if crying; hold closely and securely
- Notify physician of any abnormal temperature, difficulty feeding, diarrhea, vomiting, unable to calm or other unusual symptoms
Don’t be a martyr. Ask for help if you need it or feel overwhelmed and above all, enjoy your new journey of motherhood. You will be blessed in more ways than you can imagine.