Although well checks are important for children of every age, newborn pediatrician care is particularly important. Early intervention and prevention during the first three months of life sets your newborn up for a bright and healthy future.
New parents usually have a lot of questions about properly caring for their newborn, as well as what they can do to keep their precious bundle of joy safe. For this reason, Parker Pediatrics has created a list of tips to help new parents as they become accustomed to the wonderful world of parenting.
5 Tips for Newborn Care
After waiting nine long months to hold your new baby, once he or she arrives, initially, your life may seem like a fairy tale. However, once reality sets in and parents realize that they have a tiny human relying on them for every single need, they frequently begin to feel overwhelmed, and even terrified.
While parents can always reach out to their newborn pediatrician at Parker Pediatrics, they can also use the tips below to help ease these feelings of fear.
- Calming Your Newborn – Playing the sound of rain or running water can help soothe your newborn. Today, parents have a variety of options they can use to provide their baby with these peaceful sounds (e.g., a CD, online videos).
- Take Time to Adjust– Parents frequently feel pressured to invite family and friends over right after they bring their little one home. However, you are adjusting to life with a newborn and visitors can add to the chaos that sometimes occurs directly upon returning home. Once you feel comfortable, and have become accustomed to caring for your baby, visitors may actually be a breath of fresh air.
- Everyone Needs to Sanitize– Following birth, your new baby’s immune system continues to develop; therefore, his or her ability to fight off illness is somewhat hampered. Even something as simple as the common cold can lead to complications. To prevent the spread of bacteria and germs, everyone who comes into contact with your baby needs to sanitize their hands. To ensure everyone follows this rule, have sanitizer on hand. Furthermore, during the winter months when colds and flu are most prevalent, provide disposable masks for your visitors.
- Your Baby Does Not Need a Daily Bath– Babies do not require a daily bath. Frequent bathing can lead to dry skin, as well as the development of red skin rashes that itch (i.e., eczema). Therefore, bathing your baby once or twice a week is sufficient. In between baths, just spot clean around the neck, mouth and anywhere else that requires attention.
- A Diaper Blowout or Tummy Trouble – Parents can expect to wake up in the middle of the night to a crying baby. One of the worst circumstances at a time like this is the realization that the crib sheets, and the baby, are covered in urine (or something worse). Although it is impossible to prevent this scenario of events from happening altogether, preparing ahead of time can make an enormous difference. Layer the crib mattress with fitted sheets, separated by waterproof pads. In addition, always have a diaper with a change of clothes that are ready to use. Once you clean and change the baby, all you need to do is pull off the top sheet and pad.
Our Newborn Care pamphlet additionally should help answer many common questions pertaining to newborns.
Click on the following link to download a copy: PPA Newborn Pamphlet.pdf
If you are looking for an experienced, dedicated newborn pediatrician in or around Parker, Colorado, call Parker Pediatrics and Adolescents today.