Being a first time mom is far from easy. Your baby brings joy and contentment to your life, but, also worries and concerns.
All the more, the varied opinions and answers received from friends and relatives heighten your anxiety and confusion; leave alone the gratification of your concerns.
But, there is good news!
You are not alone to sail the same boat.
Every first time mom has concerns and questions regarding her baby care.
So, here in this section, I will address those concerns of a first time mom with effective solutions.6 Worries of a First Time #Mom with Answers Click To Tweet
#1 How to keep my baby healthy?
Babies get sick during the first two years of life as their immune system is in the development stage.
Eight to ten episodes of respiratory illness and a couple of intestinal infections are acceptable at this stage. However, you can take the following steps to reduce the frequency of illness in your baby:
- Breastfeed your baby till he is 6 months old. Babies receive all the nutrients via mother’s milk that boosts their immune system. Such babies have fewer chances of falling ill.
Also, read about the breastfeeding diet for mothers.
- Keep your baby’s nose clear. Remove any mucus clogging the baby’s nostrils. Put few saline drops in his nose and suction with the help of a nasal aspirator. In winters, the respiratory passages of your baby become dry making him prone to infections. Run a warm shower in the bathroom and make him inhale the vapours to prevent infections.
- Keep the baby’s sleeping environment clean. Remove items like stuffed toys from your baby’s bed and avoid paints, perfumes, sprays etc near the baby or in his room. Keep your baby away from any source of smoke.
- Be regular with your paediatrician for health check-ups and vaccines of your baby.
#2 How to be sure my baby is getting adequate nutrition?
The foremost criterion to determine whether your baby is well-nourished is to track his weight gain during the doctor’s visits. Though babies lose a little weight after birth, a steady weight gain few weeks after birth is the best indicator of his nutrition.
#3 How to prevent nappy rash in my baby?
Well, nappy rash is the most common problem concerning any first time mom.
Nappy rash results from the wetness from contact with urine and stool in the diapers.
The best defence against diaper rash is to keep the bottom of the baby dry and the skin moisturised. Follow these tips:
- Change your baby’s diaper after every bout of urine or bowel movement.
- Clean the diaper area and genitals thoroughly after every bowel movement and let the area dry.
- Never clean the diaper area with a rough towel or use brisk strokes. Always clean gently using wet baby wipes. Read this before choosing the wipes for your baby
- Apply petroleum jelly over the area before fastening the diaper.
- Choose the nappy size adequate for your baby. The diapers must be snug, but not too tight to prevent air from circulating through.
#4 How to take care of my baby’s genitals?
Regular cleaning of genitals at bathing and after a bowel movement is a must for your baby’s skin. However, do not use a rough cloth or rub briskly over the genitals. Use water and liquid baby cleanser or baby wipes to clean the genital area.
Moreover, clean from front to back. After cleaning, pat dry with a towel and do not rub hard.
All first time moms should read this carefully!
Oiling attracts dirt and grime and makes the baby prone to infection in the ear or at the navel. The ear wax is a natural defence against moisture and germs and doesn’t interfere with your baby’s hearing.
The belly button or the navel doesn’t require any oiling. It heals on its own within 7-10 days after the umbilical stump falls off within a week or two after birth.
However, if you observe any signs of infection around the navel like redness, swelling or foul smelling discharge, consult your pediatrician immediately.
#6 Should I worry if my baby doesn’t reach his milestones as other babies do?
Though there is a particular range of age for every baby to reach his milestones, yet, this age differs from child to child. In fact, what is more important than age is the progression of your child through developmental steps.
As long as your baby is progressing, you need not worry about his milestones.
My final advice to a first time mom
It’s natural to be overwhelmed and concerned about your baby care. And to also read a hoard of books and articles on the same. But, finally, the best advice is the one given by your paediatrician. So, choose one wisely.
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