As a new parent, it can be overwhelming to deal with the myriad of issues and challenges that come with caring for a newborn. Unfortunately, babies don’t come with instruction manuals, so it’s important to educate yourself on certain topics. Here are some things you might want to know about:
Bathing your baby:
During the first one to two weeks after your baby’s birth, it’s essential to only give them sponge baths until their umbilical cord falls off. To help dry the stump, you can use a cotton ball or swab dampened with alcohol or follow your pediatrician’s instructions. After the stump falls off, you can give your baby a bath in a sink or shallow tub.
If you or your baby are at risk during delivery, a cesarean section may be performed. This can be due to a variety of reasons, such as stalled labor or problems with the baby that make delivery difficult. It’s important to remember that no matter how your baby is delivered, you are still a mother with a precious new addition to your family.
While some doctors believe there are benefits to circumcision, it may not be necessary for your baby. However, it can help to lower the risk of urinary tract infections and penile cancer. It’s important to note that circumcision does not cause long-term emotional problems for your child.
Crib death (SIDS):
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is a heartbreaking phenomenon that has been studied extensively. Although the cause of SIDS is not yet definitively known, some correlations have been observed. For example, male babies are more likely to die from SIDS than females, and prematurity can increase the risk. Children who live in homes with smokers or who have young, single mothers may also be at a higher risk.
It’s worth noting that while some people believe co-sleeping can reduce the risk of SIDS, the American Academy of Pediatrics disagrees with this claim and cautions that co-sleeping may increase the risk. Back sleeping is the safest position for babies to sleep in, and most pediatricians recommend it to reduce the risk of SIDS.
As a new parent, it’s important to educate yourself on the various topics related to caring for a newborn. Don’t hesitate to talk to your pediatrician if you have any concerns or questions. They can provide valuable guidance and support to help you navigate this exciting and challenging time in your life.