Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Newborn Reminder

1. Keep your baby warm and dry. The normal temperature is 36.5- 37.5`C.
2. Feed your baby on time or on demand. Give him enough feedings. Feed him in a slightly upright position and burp after every feeding.
3. Breastmilk is best for your baby. If formula milk is indicated, sterilize feeding bottles properly. Contaminated feeding bottles and bottle parts can make your baby sick.
4. Bathe your baby daily. The temperature of the water  should be between 37 and 40`C. Remember not to immerse your baby in water until the cord falls off completely.
5. Clean the umbilical stump 3x a day with 70% isopropyl alcohol.
6. Expose to early morning sunshine.
7. Do not give herbs or unprescribed medications to your baby, and do not apply them on your baby's skin too.
8. Cut off nails on the fingers and toes weekly to prevent self inflicted scratches.
9. Grandparents are great for helping with the newborn but be careful of myths and unsanitary, irrational and unscientific practices that may cause problems with the newborn.
10. Hiccups are common in newborns.
11. Have your baby vaccinated on time. Vaccines are protection against deadly diseases.
12. Ask question on your next visit to the clinic. No question is to silly if it concerns your baby.
13. Be Happy, your baby can feel it too.

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