As a new parent, you want to do everything to keep your newborn safe and healthy. Many new parents feel unprepared and anxious about caring for a new baby. It is normal to feel this way. The most important thing you can do is learn as much as possible about newborn care. While it may feel like there is a lot to learn, taking some simple steps can go a long way in protecting your little one. Here are some useful tips on keeping your newborn safe and healthy.
1. Feed Your Baby Breast Milk or Formula
Exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first six months of your baby’s life. If you cannot breastfeed, or if you choose to supplement with formula, be sure to use a safe and clean formula. Only use prepared formulas that come in single-use containers or bottles. Do not use unpasteurized milk, homemade formula, or alternative milk like soy milk or almond milk. These can be unsafe for your baby.
NEC baby formula is a well-known type of baby formula that has been associated with several lawsuits. Most damages in NEC baby formula lawsuits have been awarded to the families of children who died from NEC. The lawsuits allege that the companies that make NEC baby formulas knew or should have known about the dangers associated with their products but failed to warn consumers. If you have been affected by an NEC baby formula, you may be entitled to compensation.
2. Put Your Baby To Sleep On His Back
One of the most important things you can do to keep your baby safe is always to put him to sleep on his back. There are various benefits associated with sleeping on your back. For instance, it helps reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). It also keeps your airway open and allows your head and neck to rest neutral. This can help prevent pain in the lower back, neck, and head.
It is also essential to use good bed sheets, a firm mattress and remove pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals from your baby’s sleeping area. These can be potential hazards for your baby and increase the risk of SIDS. Note that babies should not sleep in swings, car seats, bouncers, or other devices that are meant for infants.
3. Keep Your Baby Away From Smoke
Smoke is dangerous for anyone, but it is especially harmful to newborns and young babies. Their immune systems are still developing, so they are more susceptible to the effects of smoke. Additionally, their airways are smaller, so they are more likely to have trouble breathing if exposed to smoke.
If you smoke, the best thing you can do for your baby is to quit. If you cannot quit, do not smoke around your baby. This includes smoking inside your home and car. You should also avoid being around people who are smoking. If you go out in public, try to avoid places where people are smoking.
4. Dress Your Newborn Appropriately
It is essential to dress your baby appropriately for the weather. In the winter, be sure to dress your baby in warm clothes. This includes a hat, gloves, and several layers of clothing. In the summer, dress your baby in cool and loose-fitting clothes. Do not put your baby in direct sunlight for too long. Also, be sure to use sunscreen on any exposed skin. However, be careful that you don’t overheat your baby. A good rule of thumb is to dress your baby in one more layer of clothing than you would wear in the same environment.
5. Clean Your Baby’s, Umbilical Cord
Your baby’s umbilical cord will fall off within a few weeks after birth. It is important to keep the area clean and dry until it falls off. You should sponge bathe your baby until the cord falls off. When bathing your baby, avoid submerging the umbilical cord in water. After each diaper change, clean the area around the umbilical cord with alcohol-free cleansing pads or cotton balls dipped in warm water. Do not use soap on the cord. Also, avoid putting any creams or ointments on the cord.
6. Keep up With Vaccinations Schedules
Vaccinations are one of the most important things you can do to keep your baby safe and healthy. They help protect your baby from various severe and potentially deadly diseases. Be sure to talk to your doctor about which vaccinations your baby should receive and when. The vaccination schedule is typical as follows:
- Two months old: DTaP, Hib, PCV, Rotavirus
- Four months old: DTaP, Hib, PCV, Rotavirus
- Six months old: DTaP, Hib, PCV, Rotavirus, influenza
- 12 months old: DTaP, Hib, PCV, MMR, Varicella
- 15 months old: DTaP, Hib, PCV
- 18 months old: DTaP, Hib
- Four years old: DTaP, MMR, Varicella, influenza
- 11 years old: Tdap, HPV, influenza
7. Ensure Your Child is Hydrated
It is vital to make sure your baby is getting enough fluids. Breast milk or formula should be the primary source of hydration for your newborn. Hydration supports your baby’s immune system and helps flush out toxins. You can also give your baby water once they are six months old. Be sure to talk to your doctor before giving your baby any juice. As your baby gets older, you can introduce water and other drinks. Be sure to talk to your doctor about how much fluid your baby needs each day.
8. Avoid Exposure to Toxins
There are a variety of toxins that can be harmful to your baby. These include lead, mercury, and pesticides. Be sure to avoid exposure to these toxins as much as possible. If you live in an old home, have your child’s blood tested for lead. If you live in an area with a lot of traffic, try to avoid taking your baby outside when the air quality is poor. Also, avoid using pesticides or herbicides around your home. If you must use them, follow the directions carefully and keep your baby away from the area until the chemicals have dried or been removed.
Be sure to talk to your doctor about any concerns you have about your baby’s health. Vaccinations are one of the most important things you can do to protect your baby from serious diseases. Also, avoid exposure to toxins and keep up with your baby’s hydration needs. You can help ensure your baby has a happy and healthy life by taking these steps.