Newborn babies are delicate and need to be taken care of carefully, but many parents are now young and inexperienced in caring for their babies, so they don’t know how to take care of them properly and are afraid they will make mistakes. Here’s a look at what to look for in a baby’s daily care.
Babies have poor digestion and breast milk is the best food at this time, stick to breastfeeding or if breast milk is not enough, pair it with formula.
Babies are usually susceptible to infections, so it is a good idea to keep visits from strangers to a minimum, wash your hands before touching them so that you can prevent infection to them, and touch them less if someone in your family is ill.
Your baby’s skin is delicate, so it is important to keep it dry and clean, especially in the folds of the skin, such as the neck and armpits. You should insist on bathing your baby every day, changing clean clothes, changing wet nappies in time and cleaning up after each stool to avoid infection. Babies’ skin is very tender and babies within one year of age are prone to skin problems such as eczema. The easiest and most efficient way is to go to a hospital dermatologist for an examination, rather than hearing about some pro-tested cream that works. Not every red and itchy skin is eczema, and again the nature of each baby’s skin is different, and failure to pass authoritative judgement can easily lead to recurring skin problems that can seriously affect your baby’s sleep and mood.
Underwear for newborns, including nappies and pads, should be soft and absorbent cotton fabrics, preferably not chemical fibres or printed and dyed fabrics; clothes should be light in colour to make it easier to spot dirt and prevent dyes from irritating the newborn’s skin; clothes should be as loose as possible, not hindering limb movement and easy to put on and take off; as newborns dissipate heat from their heads, they should wear a small hat when the climate is cold or the room temperature is low, which should also be soft and comfortable. Hence, choosing the best disposable nursing pads for your baby should be prioritised.
Keep your baby up to date with vaccinations, watch out for seasonal flu and pay attention to your baby’s hand cleanliness to prevent the entrance of bacteria. Make sure your baby gets some time outdoors every day, with lots of sunshine and exposure to nature, and also be careful to avoid cross-contamination with other babies to prevent the spread of disease.