Achieving Enhanced Mother and Child Care

Pregnancy and child birth are two distinct events in the life of a woman which make her feel complete. During the entire period of pregnancy distributed across three trimesters, a woman goes through various moods and expectations like physiological, psychological, social etc. Medical needs are also necessary and a proper routine observation and consultation from a gynecologist and obstetrician is quintessential.

Mother and Child Care

In line with these needs of the expectant mother, the underlined fundamental need is to feel the sense of control and empowerment during this journey of childbirth. Hence, the whole family including the pregnant woman should ensure that high quality care is provided to her. Needless to say, these women feel physically and mentally stressed about the delivery and feel urgent desire to have a pleasant and comfortable environment.

Ample Sleep: With this adorable new member in the family, ensure that you sleep sufficiently. A new born sleeps from almost 16 hours a day but there are short breaks during this sleep. For the woman to get sufficient sleep, the best way is to leave any work in hand aside and sleep when the baby is sleeping. Always place the baby on their back for sleep and ensure that the place should not be stuffed with toys etc. which might suffocate the baby. During the night, you can alternate the position of baby’s head so that no flat spot develops on the head.

Ample Sleep

Hygiene: Whether it is your first experience of motherhood or not, hygiene plays a very important role. Since newborns do not have strong immune system, this will alleviate the risk for infections. Keep a hand sanitizer at a position where anyone coming close to baby can pick it effortlessly.

Breastfeeding: Every mother should breastfeed their children and should take care of following basic steps during feeding.

  • Baby may swallow air during the feeds. Hence, you should burp the baby every 5 minutes if your baby tends to be gassy.
  • Baby typically needs to be fed every 2 to 3 hours. Make sure to breast feed from both breasts turn by turn giving around 10-15 minutes to each breast.
  • If your baby takes longer naps, you may need to wake up the baby to ensure that they are fed sufficiently for proper growth.

Sore nipples and hardening of breasts after the delivery may happen. As the milks comes in, they might feel painful for several days so you should not be worried about it, but make sure to clean the nipples after breast feeding. Bonding, swaddling and Soothing Touch is very significant in making the child get acquainted with the surroundings and feel secured. This physical closeness also strengthens emotional bonding. A gentle massage is also a nice way to give the soothing touch to the baby.

Bathing

Bathing:

The umbilical cord takes time in falling off and further the navel takes time in healing completely. This process may take around 1 to 4 weeks’ time. During this while, the baby should be cleaned with a sponge bath ensuring that the genital area and joints are given extra attention. Baby’s eyes should be cleaned using a soft muslin cloth or clean cotton ball. Damp the cloth or cotton ball in water and wipe the eye gently from inner corner to the outside. Make sure to use clean piece for every eye. While bathing the baby, keep all items for use ready before hand. This includes a soft, clean towel, a soft brush to stimulate the scalp, clean diaper, unscented baby soap, baby powder, shampoo etc. It is best to make the baby go to sleep after the bath since the child feels tired in the bath and can get a very relaxing nap.

Seeking Help: Once you are on your own after getting discharged from the hospital, it might feel very hectic and overwhelming to be on your own especially with the new member in the family. Seeking help from a professional nurse or friends and family is a great idea.This helps in getting acquainted with handling baby and taking due care of the baby as well as your own health.

Diaper Rashes: A child dirties the diaper around 10 times a day. To change the diaper, lay your baby on the back; always clean the area before placing another diaper. Be careful as a boy might urinate even while you are removing the diaper. Wipe the girl from bottom to front so as to avoid any urinary tract infection.

Diaper Rashes and Checkup

The Postpartum Checkup: Approximately after six weeks of motherhood for first time moms, you must schedule a visit to your gynecologist so that you are sure of your recovery. This visit might need to be scheduled early in case of C-section delivery.

A right consultation from your gynecologist is one thing which ensures that your happy motherhood experience goes just perfect!!

Baby Care Tips for Every New Mum

You definitely know what it means to be a new Mum, right!! The seemingly unending days of discomfort for complete nine months during pregnancy and the excitement coupled with fear of going through the labor pain and finally giving birth to a new life, which marks a new beginning of your life as a ‘Mum’. It’s an ecstatic experience with a mix of joy, happiness and loads of responsibilities.

Baby Care

As a new mum, you don’t just need to take good care of your baby, but it is equally important to take complete care of your health too. Many parents find themselves unprepared to handle this responsibility at the time of bringing their new born baby home from the hospital. The following tips will help you cope with the stress that builds around this newly acquired responsibility of nurturing the child.

Tips for New Mum to meet the Baby’s Requirements

Amongst those ecstatic moments of joy of starting of new chapter of motherhood, the other aspect of this joy is that the body is weak and exhausted. For these reasons, the new mum requires sufficient rest, proper nourishment and so on. Yet the following tips will help you have the confidence to cross this initial phase with ease. Let’s explore the tips to ensure the comfort and health of your newborn baby.

Holding the Baby Right:

Holding the Baby Right

Did you know that here’s a right way to hold the new born baby? Yeah! While holding the baby, you should ensure that the baby’s head doesn’t get jerk. So, ensure that the head rests on the crook of your arm and the hand should offer support to the spine of the newborn. With the other hand, you can pat, or use it to maintain the feed position and support your breast or simply keep it over the chest or tummy. Your touch creates a sense of comfort and security for the baby.

Gently Rock the Baby:

Gently Rock the Baby

There are times when the baby is in the state of discomfort. This may be due to their sleepiness or hunger or pain in stomach. Whether you are trying to get the baby to sleep or to comfort the newborn, do not shake the baby vigorously. This shaking might lead to brain injury. Put yourself into the habit of the rocking your baby gently from side to side. You may choose to sing a lullaby as well.

Be Tender During Playful Activities:

Be tender during playful activities

You might have seen in people around you throwing children in the air or jiggling the baby on the knees. You may have been such a play toy yourself. But, the baby is not a toy and neither is ready for such tough game. Hence it is advised not to be rough and tough on the baby for a year and half.

Pay Special Attention to Hygiene:

Pay special attention to hygiene

Not only you as a mother, but also those who touch the baby, should follow basic hygiene. Make sure that you wash or sanitize your hands before touching the baby unless you had not been doing any other task than being with your love. You should also be cautious about wearing clean clothes and the clothes fabric should provide smooth touch to the baby.  Whether you are using the nappies or diapers, keep checking so that the baby is clean and dry. In case of diapers, you can check less frequently, in around every four hours. These hygiene actions will keep the baby protected from infections and other induced allergies.

Baby’s Feed has No Time:

Baby’s feed has no time

In the initial few weeks, the baby needs only three things – proper feeds, ample sleep and your special touch. A new born baby usually sleeps for around 16 to 20 hours a day. But, the sleep doesn’t happen at a single stretch. A child may demand feed every two hours or even sooner, hence the foremost responsibility of you as a new mum is to keep yourself ready for offering a feed to the baby, whenever the baby demands. Few things which will make your breast feeding enjoyable are:

  • Hold the baby into the right position giving proper support to baby’s head.
  • Hold your breast supporting it with the other hand.
  • Ensure that the baby has enough of areola inside the mouth so that the baby may not intake air while sucking.
  • Offer comfort suckling to the baby for it is as important as breastfeeding. After the baby has the nourishing feed to satisfy hunger, sometimes the baby tends to suckle for longer time than usual. This comfort suckling offers emotional support to the baby.

As parents, you need to realize that learning curve takes its own time. It is a great decision to seek some help during this time which will help ensure that the mother and the baby are well taken care of.