These are the first pieces of advice given in maternity to young parents to take care of their newborn.
Are you young parents or are you preparing to become one? Congratulations! A new stage in your life begins. At the maternity hospital, you must have received lots of advice from doctors, nurses and midwives. But, with the emotion, the lack of sleep and the wonder felt in front of baby, you may have forgotten some instructions. We have interviewed a pediatrician for you so that he can point out the first essential recommendations for you and your infant.
1. Never let go of a baby even to turn around for a second
When changing, bathing or any other situation, do not let go of baby. The risk of falling or injury is never far away. A baby fidgets and, at the slightest drop in alertness, an accident can quickly happen. Fortunately for the arms, there are a good number of objects (deckchair, playpen, bed,…) secure for, from time to time, leave baby and go about our business.
2. Baby’s position for sleeping? On the back!
Nap or night, whatever happens baby has to sleep on his back. The numerous studies are clear: this position makes it possible to prevent sudden infant death. The ideas received on this back position still have a hard tooth! The recommendations over the years have not helped: once on the stomach, the other on the side, … with each time, its share of justifications. For more than 20 years now, doctors have been saying this: the back position is the one to favor.
3. Vitamins D and K, allies for babies
Vitamin D supplementation is essential in newborns. We note that young parents follow this recommendation to the letter until the age of one year, but after, the famous daily drops pass through the door. Bad idea! This vitamin D is really beneficial for our young children as for our older children. It contributes to the good development of the bones, to the maintenance of immunity, would decrease the occurrence of certain pathologies,… Vitamin K, as for him, must be given at the newborn according to the recommendations of the pediatrician. In most children, this vitamin K supplementation will be continued as long as there is exclusive breastfeeding. Vitamin K is involved in various physiological mechanisms in the body and prevents hemorrhagic syndrome in newborns.
4. A fever in toddlers: we must react quickly!
An infant under 3 months of age with a temperature over 38 ° C is a medical emergency. You have to go and consult, because at that age, the child is more fragile. It is therefore necessary to quickly check that the fever is not of bacterial origin.
After 3 months, on the other hand, if the fever is above 38.5 ° C, an early medical consultation is useless. If the child is in good general condition and the fever subsides after taking the medication, we can wait 24 to 48 hours without worry. But if the fever persists, you should consult.
5. Baby stool: 3 colors prohibited
Many young parents are worried about their baby’s stool. Good news, you shouldn’t worry too much because only one rule must be respected: the three prohibited colors. Explanation: the frequency and appearance of baby’s stools are unimportant. Clearly if baby poops every day or every 4 days, if he is rather hard or rather soft, you should not panic. It all depends on its transit, on its milk, etc. The only factor of attention: color. If baby has white, red or black stools (except meconium from the first days), it is urgent to consult. Obviously, the recommendations on appearance and frequency should be qualified. If your baby has very watery stools or if you see that he is uncomfortable (that he pushes very hard for example), speak to your pediatrician.
6. Symptoms that should prompt urgent consultation
If baby is pale, blue and / or hypotonic (muscle tone decreasing; baby is “soft”), urgent consultation is required. If another sign worries you, do not hesitate to contact the pediatrician who will answer your questions and refer you, if necessary, to an emergency service or his office.
7. Stop viruses!
A newborn baby is very fragile. He has not yet built up sufficient immunity to effectively fight the viruses or bacteria he will encounter immediately after birth. If a person is sick, they should avoid contact with a young baby. Granny blows his nose and has a fever? We will wait for her full recovery before presenting her baby. Big sister coughing? No kisses for the moment. And for everyone, we do not forget the systematic hand washing before changing baby, giving him food, …
This list is obviously not exhaustive, but already provides good advice for the arrival of babies in your household.