After the birth of your first child, there are many things going on at once; you’re exhausted from your time in the hospital, everyone wants to visit and now you have a new life to watch over. All the extra stress can make caring for your baby seem even more difficult than it has to be. Here are a few tips to help ease any concerns you might have over the next few months, and show all those pesky relatives that you can handle things on your own!
Be sure to follow the immunization schedule for your newborn given to you by the hospital or your pediatrician, as they are extremely important for keeping the baby happy and healthy. It is also recommended for parents and grandparents of newborns to be vaccinated against whooping cough, and also the flu if your child will be less than six months of age during the upcoming flu season.
If your baby does become ill, their only way to express discomfort will be through crying. This can make it a little difficult to determine whether they’re sick or just crying for some other reason. It’s important to look out for other signs such as changes in appetite, personality changes, or a high temperature.
Children younger than two years must have their temperature taken rectally. While this might not be pleasant for either parent or baby, it has to be done. The average adult body temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, but newborns run a little warmer; a temperature of 99 degrees isn’t too worrisome. Anything above 100.4 degrees qualifies as a fever, which can be very serious for young children. If the thermometer reading is above 100 degrees call your pediatrician.
Some of the things you might notice about your newborn are totally normal phenomenon.
- Babies can be cross-eyed until they are six months old
- During the first few months babies may produce eye discharge due to a clogged tear duct
- Some newborns develop baby acne
- Both boys and girls can exhibit swelling of the breast and genital tissues due to residual hormones received from the mother
It’s good to be aware of your baby’s body and all of their idiosyncrasies, but don’t get yourself worked up by worrying about every little thing. Newborns are more resilient than most people give them credit for and being stressed out all the time isn’t healthy for you or your child.
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