Coming home with the newborn raises many questions parents. At the hospital there was not much to do because the baby slept almost all the time, and how much will be made a quick wash by that which has not yet dropped the cord, so seeing you alone with the baby are the first questions. When you are not around, the baby had better be placed in the best pack and play.
The most common are those related to care: when is cut nails, if you cut their hair, when you put them moisturizer, every baths only how much, how, etc. With the intention of grouping all the tips about that in a single entry today we offer the best advice for newborn care.
1. The cure cord
The umbilical cord, to stop receiving blood supply is mummified and eventually falls past few days. How to cure it depends somewhat on the hospital where the baby is born, because there who recommended alcohol 70, some say that only soap and water and some say they do not need to do anything.
All solutions are correct, because in a review of studies conducted by WHO in 2004, when 22 studies with 8,959 infants were included, they saw that was indifferent how the navel to compare the use of antiseptic cord care be cured in dry. So in the background does not matter how to cure it (if not povidone-iodine is used). If it has a bad odor, you need to go to the pediatrician.
2. The clothes in the early days
Cover him? Did not keep him warm? During the first few days it is interesting to the relatively warm baby, then comes the womb where it was at a high temperature compared to the outside. Do not overdo it, but do not put it exactly as we ourselves, or if you like, be clear that we are in an environment where they can not get cold. Once spend the first days, they say you have to clothe us with a sleeve. It is a way of explaining that they would have to go like adults, but with a thin capita more, because they do not regulate the temperature as us and also do not have the amount of fat that we do have and that protects us somewhat (and I speak not overweight or anything like that, but they have a very thin skin and we still thin, not so much).
Ideally, touch the neck and back. So we know whether they are comfortable or if they are cold or heat.
Long bathing every day is both hygiene and relaxed before going to sleep. The reality is that not all relax (many will pass pipe and out of the bath more awake than entered) and bathe them every day can be too. And the bathroom dry skin, removes natural bacteria that we and many babies suffer the consequences later, in the form of eczema and skin infections. Come on, it is advisable to bathe the baby every two or three days, and in the days that do not bathe a diaper change with soap and water.
What how to bathe the baby? With the water at an appropriate temperature (about 36 degrees) in a place where it is cold and everything ready for later. Now comes the summer and there is not much problem, but in cold weather is interesting baby dry well, especially in the folds, and then dry and dress quickly.
4. The eyes, ears, and nose
With eyes, ears and nose should not do anything, but if it takes, it’s worth knowing how. If there gummy, which initially may be normal because the tear ducts do not always work well and do not clean the eye as they should be cleaned with a little serum and gauze to clean from the inside out and then pulling (one pass by gauze).
If we see wax, clean only the part of wax to see the the outside, and better not to use cotton buds. As we told you a few months ago, the best way to clean the ears is with his elbow. That is, do not put anything inside.
In the case of the nose, if we find that has moquitos and not breathing well, since they do not take the snot voluntarily, it is recommended to use saline. The less aggressive way is to throw it slowly, drop by drop, through the nostrils, so that the mucus go diluting and exit more easily through the nose or swallow it.
5. How to clean the diaper area
As I have said before, the ideal is to make at least one change a day with soap and water. If they can be, since most, always clean better than wipes. The address we use to clean is important, because depending on how we do take the remains to the place where we remove the hand. It is important, then, do so from the genitals to the anus. From top to bottom, so that the faeces do not go to the genitals, but quite the opposite.
6. What to do with cradle cap?
Cradle cap is the crust that leaves them, infants. That is why it is called so (nothing to do with taking breast milk). It is an aesthetic problem, seborrheic dermatitis that does not produce any symptoms and, as such, will only be removed if you want (unless there are signs of infection). If you want to remove it, which is usually recommended it is to use olive oil, almond or baby, applying it on the head for a while. Oil massage that softens the crusts and so half an hour later, they jump to bathe and pass a sponge over her head. It is done slowly, with love, and without waiting to fall all in one day (fall a few each time you do).