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5 Tips On Taking Care Of Newborn Babies

10.29.2009 · Posted in Home and Garden Articles

Taking care of your baby is probably the most important thing going through your head right now if you are a new parent. Here are a few parenting tips to make sure your baby gets the needed attention and care.nn1. How are you going to feed your baby? Making the choice of breastfeeding or bottle feeding is a big decision. Your physician can tell you if you are capable of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding has been proven to lead to fewer cases of hypersensitivity later in life versus those who were raised on a bottle. The mother’s milk contains natural enzymes and antibodies that help strengthen a baby’s immune system. It is not true that breast milk makes a baby more intelligent later in life.nn2. Sleeping tips for your baby. Your baby needs sleep in order to develop both mentally and physically. It is essential that newborn babies get 16 to 18 hours of sleep a day. A newborn will have an erratic sleep cycle. They can sleep anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours and then awake for awhile, and then repeat again. This is the most difficult time for new parents as it conflicts with their own sleep cycle. Fortunately this only lasts for about 6 weeks. After 6 weeks a regular schedule begins to develop. A newborn baby will indicate they are tired by either rubbing their eyes or crying. As soon as you see that your newborn is sleepy, you should allow them to sleep. You may have to alter your own sleep cycle by getting sleep when your baby sleeps.nn3. Bathing your newborn. Newborn babies do not need to be given a bath every day. You can give your baby a bath anywhere from 2 to 3 times a week. Do not put your baby in a tub because an infection might develop in the umbilical cord. Tub bathing should not be done until the umbilical cord falls off to avoid infection. Give your baby a sponge bath only.nn4. Maintaining your baby’s optimal skin care. Newborn babies have smooth and delicate skin. For this reason, it is necessary that you use products that are especially made for babies. But before buying any baby product, it is best to consult your pediatrician. Most babies develop rashes from time to time and this is perfectly normal. However, if your baby seems irritated by a rash or has a fever, you should immediately seek advice from your baby’s doctor.nn5. Medicine. The doctor may prescribe your baby medication. You need to slow down and read the instructions carefully. Ask the doctor to write the instructions down if you have trouble remembering them. You need to make sure that the dose you give your baby is exactly right. There is no room for error. You might want to start your baby off with a very small dose to make sure there is no adverse reaction first.nnThe information contained in this article is for general information purposes only and is not meant in any way to replace advice given by health care professionals.

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