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Your Baby In The First Few Days

Tuesday, July 16, 2019 3:19:58 PM Asia/Calcutta

Your Baby In The First Few Days';

Your baby in the first few days

The first few days of your baby’s life are very thrilling and pretty tiring. A lot happens. Your new baby will require to sleep about four hours, feed and sleep some more. They need to be kept dry and clean, and bathed every day or so. Your birthing staff will run health checks on your baby and offer vaccinations.

Feeding and sleeping patterns

Most babies sleep for less than 4 hours at a time then they wake to feed. Most newborns will sleep for about 16 hours every 24 hours.

Every baby is dissimilar so you shouldn’t impose rigid schedules in the first few months. This helps your baby get what they require. It also helps you establish your milk supply by feeding whenever your baby wants to feed for as long as they want. The ‘feed, play, sleep’ cycle is better for you and your baby than following a rigid schedule.

Confirm you forever sleep the baby on their back with their head and face uncovered. The safest place for them to sleep is in a safe cot next to your bed. Never let the baby come into contact with cigarette smoke.

Hearing and blood test

You will be offered some tests for your baby in the first week. You’ll be asked for consent before these tests are done. Your baby will have a non-invasive hearing screening test and a heel prick blood test – the neonatal screening test.

Bathing

Bathing your baby can be a real enjoyment still if it can be nerve-racking at first. Bathing your baby in the evening can help calm your baby and settle them.

But you don’t require bathing your baby daily if you don’t want to. A bath every few days is enough. Just confirm their nappy area is kept clean and dry. You’ll soon find what you and your baby have a preference.

Your baby will have part of the umbilical cord at rest attached. Keep it dry and clean, and allow it to heal naturally.

Measuring, weighing and baby health check

Your baby will be examined and weighed by motherhood staff soon after birth and a few days later. This is to confirm that your baby is healthy and has not lost too much weight. Generally babies lose some weight during the first few days and then start to regain weight. They must be back to their birth weight within about 2 weeks.
If your baby loses too much weight in the first few days you may be offered extra help.
Your baby will have a full examination to check the shape of their head, their eyes and ears, the roof of their mouth and tongue, skin, hands, their genitals and feet, spine and hips. In the rare occasion that any problems are found, the doctor or midwife might order further tests.

Vaccinations

The first dose of your baby’s hepatitis B vaccinations will be offered to you in hospital. The hepatitis B vaccination is an injection in baby’s thigh. Your local baby health nurse will help you schedule the next round of vaccinations – due at 6 weeks to 2 months of age.

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