The arrival of the newborn at home is a party, but it is also a time of adaptation on both sides, both of the mother with the new routine and a new rhythm and the baby in the new condition outside the womb.
Sometimes the first-time mommy or she doesn’t need a few tips to be more secure and then know how to take care of a baby in the best way possible without scares.
In this chapter we will see the positions that the baby can stay at bedtime and on the hiccup , but if you also want to know how to cut the baby’s nail or how to put the clothes on your baby see here the first post of the series How to take care of a baby.
How to Care for a Baby – Hiccup
Hiccup … nothing more common in a baby. But do you know why it happens? Hiccups have to do with the amount of air the baby swallows and the contractions of the diaphragm that are still immature can easily be irritated by the breast milk.
The ancients said that if you put a red ribbon or little ball on the baby’s forehead, the hiccups end (and who doesn’t?), But it is not always effective, in reality it is more of a superstition.
What to do in case of hiccup
The ideal to do when a baby has a hiccup and place him more leaning on his lap or car seat , because this way it can facilitate the escape of the air that is making him sob. Burping the baby greatly reduces the chance of hiccups and also the chances of him choking.
Another situation that can make the baby sob is the cold so preventing the baby from losing heat is ideal, but if that happens, just warm the baby up and breastfeed a few more minutes.
Babies with Reflux
Babies who have reflux are more likely to sob and more . There are babies who hiccup even more than 3 times a day and even then it is considered normal. The hiccup only gets in the way and starts to bother when it affects the baby’s growth and he starts not to eat and sleep as he should.
If you feel that the baby is sobbing a lot, the ideal is to wash the pediatrician and report. So summarizing how to care for a baby at the time of hiccup: Raise the baby at a 60-degree angle to facilitate the elimination of the air that is bothering the diaphragm and also to facilitate the descent of milk to the stomach.
Baby Sleeping Positions
Some moms are unsure how to put the baby to sleep in the crib or Moses. Several things have already been said but at the pediatrician’s recommendation I always put the baby to sleep on his side.
Some recent studies have also said that the best way to put the baby to sleep would be on his back, but there is a risk of choking on milk if there is reflux.
The ideal is to not let the baby sleep face down , no matter how much he prefers this position, the risk of suffocation is very great because he breathes the same air as he exhales and this air is low in oxygen.
I have always been instructed to put the baby on its side and well supported so as not to turn face down. While your baby is not able to manage alone in the crib, you should leave him on his side or face up, of course moms and dads always attentive after feedings.
Always remembering that both in case of hiccups, or before sleeping, the baby should burp and if by chance you are not sure that he burped, remain attentive and with him in your lap for some time, it costs nothing to prevent. =)
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.