Many first-time moms find themselves wondering what it will be like when they get home with their first baby. Some newborn care is passed from mother to daughter, but some only with the practice of acquiring security when taking care of the newborn as soon as she gets home after leaving the maternity ward .
Caring for newborns as a soft spot , cutting nails, burping and putting to sleep are some of the issues that we have already covered in the exchange. However, what will it be like to get home and without any help, breastfeed and care for the baby’s navel if it hasn’t fallen yet? Come on?
Newborn Care – The Bath
The bath is feared by several first time moms, taking the baby so soft and still with soapy hands can cause a real panic! But calm down, everything is simpler than you think! Bathing is one of the first cares for newborns and even the inexperienced mother can handle it!
To bathe the newborn it is important to have everything at hand and very easy access, so separating everything that is needed at the time of bathing is important.
- Liquid soap from head to toe or in bar
- Shampoo if desired
- Towel Diaper
- Ointment against rash or starch
- cotton swab
- Comb and brush
To start bathing the newborn, it is important to know that the appropriate temperature is around 37 degrees, which can be measured by specific bath thermometers. It is also possible to measure the temperature with the forearm, if the temperature pleases then, it will not make the baby uncomfortable with either too cold or too hot water.
Always clean the baby before putting it in the bath, it is important to remove all feces if any. The baby may cry a lot at bath time, but don’t worry, it’s normal! Some people say it is fear of falling, it feels unprotected. Holding the baby can bring fear to the mother, so the way holding it can make a difference. Arm behind the back supporting the head and holding by the armpit, leaves the grip very firm.
Dry the baby’s head well with a very soft diaper towel, then the baby’s body including the folds. Always wear baby’s clothes with care and delicacy so as not to hurt him. The swab is used to clean the nostrils and remove excess wax from the ear if any.
Other Newborn Care
Showered, now it’s time for other care for the newborn, how to clean the navel and butt when changing diapers? Changing the diaper is certainly easier when caring for the newborn and it is important to remember that at each feeding the baby should have diapers changed because the newborn’s skin is very sensitive, urine and poop can hurt. It is important to use some cream for diaper rash or even corn starch to prevent fungus.
Dry the baby after the bath and at each diaper change using damp cotton or wet wipes as well as in the bath, the area where the diaper, groins and butt should be dried very well. The navel is important to use 70% alcohol also at each diaper change.
The navel does not hurt, if the baby cries it is due to the cold sensation that alcohol provides. If even after the baby’s navel falls, the navel is still open, don’t worry , just keep cleaning with every diaper change with 70% alcohol and soon it will enter and close completely if it takes more than 10 days to start this process talk to your pediatrician about silver nitrate.
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Does Baby Feel Cooler Than Adults?
It is also very important to say that the baby does not feel colder than we adults, the same feeling that we have of the environment, will be the sensation of the newborn. The custom of wrapping the baby up like a cigar is more to take him back to the womb with the feeling of “tightness” and then he can leave the baby more relaxed.
To know if the baby is cold, just look at his hands and feet, streaked with white and red is a sign that he is cold . If he is flushed on his cheeks it is a sign that he is hot and then his temperature can reach 37.3 even without a fever, just with excess clothes!
Enjoy this initial moment with the baby! Take lots of pictures because it goes by so fast!
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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.