Caring for your newborn is full of emotion. Here are few tips on how to survive the first week and beyond as you settle into parenthood.
1. Skin Acne / Irritation
Baby acne can be either Neonatal or Infantile. Neonatal acne generally shows up within the first three months after birth and lasts no more than a few months. Infantile acne appears between 3 and 6 months of age and goes away within a year or two. Wash the baby’s face daily with a gentle cleanser. If the acne is severe or you notice deep cysts or acne lasts longer than 4 to 6 months notify your pediatrician. Scrubbing the skin and using harsh cleansers are not recommended, as they can irritate Baby’s sensitive skin.
2. Clean your baby’s feeding bottle
Place the bottle in warm water. warm some water on the stove (or run some warm water from the tap into a bowl), and submerge the bottle in the warm water until it’s room temp.
A pacifier might help reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Sucking on a pacifier at nap time and bedtime might reduce the risk of SIDS. If you’re breast-feeding, wait to offer a pacifier until your baby is 3 to 4 weeks old and you’ve settled into an effective nursing routine.
4. Use the right thermometer
Babies younger than 6 months should ideally have their temperatures taken with a rectal thermometer, because their ear canals are so small, it is difficult to get an accurate reading with an ear thermometer.
5. Clear Your Baby’s Nose
Saline nasal spray is the only safe nasal spray to use with babies, infants, and toddlers. Lay the baby down on his back and, if possible, slightly tilt his/her head back. Then spray 2 to 3 drops of saline spray into each nostril. Don’t worry if the baby sneezes some of it out. If any spray comes out of the nose, wipe it away gently with a tissue.
Nasal aspirator or bulb syringe Squeeze the bulb to get all of the air out and while still squeezing, gently insert the tip into the baby’s nostril (be sure not to stick it too far up). Then release the pressure, take it out, and squeeze the mucus out of the bulb onto a tissue. Repeat in the other nostril.
Steam up the bathroom. Run a hot shower for a few minutes; when the bathroom is steamy, sit in the room (but not under the hot shower) with baby for some time. This will help loosen the mucus in the nostrils.
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