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9 great baby health tips for first-time parents! 19 April, 2019   

Newborns are genuinely cute. But having a newborn can be a crazy ride for all the first-time parents. It can be an amazing feeling of becoming a parent for the first time.

However, being a parent for the first time has its challenges. It can be a daunting task for some as you have to learn how to handle life in a new way. Parenting a new baby often feels like you have been suddenly dropped on to a new planet. 

The first baby starts a new phase of life for all the parents. If you’re a first-time parent or expecting your first child, congratulations and welcome to the parenting world. There are a lot of things that are going to change in your world. Don’t worry and put all your fears aside. It is very important for all first-time parents to set their concerns aside.

Read about baby health tips and prepare yourself well before the arrival of your baby. It is essential to understand how you should handle your baby. From changing diapers to burping, there are a lot of things that new parents might fail to notice. We all want to do as much as we can for our precious babies. But there are still things we fail to understand because of no prior experience in the parenting. 

So, here we present to you some baby health tips for all first-time parents. Read on to know what are these baby health tips that can help understand parenting in a better way.

1. Wash your hands: 

In the first couple of months, it is very important to wash your hands and touch your baby with clean hands. Also, always ask visitors to wash their hands before touching your baby. Use a sanitizer. Newborns don’t have a stronger immune system, and they are at higher risks of catching an infection.

Therefore, hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of diseases. Hand hygiene is not just important for parents but also other family members holding the baby. Make sure their hands are clean.

2. Support baby’s head and neck: 

How you hold your newborn baby also makes a huge difference and in the first few weeks, baby needs a lot of support. Remember that your baby is not strong enough to hold their head and neck in the upright direction without any assistance. There are chances of brain damage when their heads are not supported.

Therefore, you must ensure that your baby is getting enough support at the required places. Always support the head and neck while carrying them upright and laying them down. Never shake them as it can cause bleeding in the brain of your little one. 

3. Swaddle your baby: 

Swaddle your newborn as it will make them happier. There are a lot of benefits associated with swaddling. However, two of them are the most important reasons why you should swaddle your baby. Swaddling reduces the rate of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and will also help your newborn to sleep better and longer.

Just wrap your baby systematically in a blanket and help them feel safe and secure. It will help them sleep better. However, never put your baby to bed on her stomach. Even when they are swaddled, you should never put them to sleep on their stomach. It is very unsafe and also increases the chances of SIDS.

4. Take shifts: 

You can never predict when your infant wakes up and when they want to cuddle with you. It is important for all the first-time parents to adjust according to the schedule of the baby for the first few months. Do this in shifts. It is not only the role of the mother to look after the baby. It is your baby. So, both the mom and the dad should spend equal time with the baby. If one is looking after the baby in the morning, the partner should take responsibility at the night.

5. Prevent Diaper rash: 

In the first few days, you might have to change about 6 to 10 diapers per day. Baby’s skin is sensitive and a diaper rash is a common concern with the newborns. It might go after some time with warm baths or a diaper cream or ointment. There are a few baby health tips that can help you in preventing or healing this concern;

• Don’t put on a diaper 24*7 a day. Let your baby go without a diaper for some part of the day.

• Change the diaper as soon as you notice. Keep checking your baby’s diaper and change it often.

• Use a cream with zinc oxide to heal the diaper rash.

• Wipes are fine. But in case the baby develops a rash, it is advisable to use cotton balls dipped in warm water. 

• Don’t use baby wipes regularly. Sometimes, try using a mild soap and water as wipes can be irritating for newborns.

6. Keep the child warm: 

Providing your newborn with the necessary warmth is important. Make sure that your little one is covered from head to toe. However, do not overheat as this may adversely affect your baby. Don’t make it too warm for your baby. 

7. Check your little one’s heartbeat: 

Checking your baby’s heartbeat and the breathing rate is important. This is one of the things that you should note following the delivery. Your baby might have health issues if their pulse rate or breathing rate is not normal. In some cases, the doctors even recommend to artificially ventilate the baby to avoid the symptoms.

The normal pulse rate for a newborn is 120 to 160 beats per minute, and the normal breathing rate is 40 to 60 breathes per minute. It is very easy to measure a newborn’s heartbeat. You can do it even without any pediatric stethoscope or you may ask your doctor to guide you for this.

8. Bathing:

Use a soft washcloth or a sponge to clean your tiny baby. There’s no need to bath them every day. Twice or thrice a week is fine. Make sure you buy products which are gentle and tear-free. You can use a bath mat. Check the temperate of the water. It should be a little warm, not hot. Be prepared for a post-bath diaper disaster.

Never leave the baby alone in the bathroom. In case, there’s urgency, wrap him/her in a towel and take your little one along with you. Gently wash the umbilical cord area. Keep the cord dry and clean until it falls off. 

9. Feeding your baby: 

Feed your newborn every 2 to 3 hours. Never breastfed your little one, if he/she is not breathing properly as this can be unsafe for the baby. Also, it can be difficult to track whether the baby is getting enough or not while breastfeeding. Therefore, it is advisable to note and track your baby’s feeding and diapers.

Keep track of how often your baby pooped or peed, and what kind of poop baby had. You may discuss all these with your baby’s doctor to determine and check whether your baby is eating enough and is healthy or not.

You might be nervous at the start. However, slowly and gradually you’ll develop a routine. Start preparing yourself months before and make complete use of the mentioned baby health tips to navigate through the journey of parenting.

Don’t feel embarrassed and always ask your doctor if you have any questions. It is alright to sound silly especially when you’re going to be the first-time parent.

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