Guide to a new Mom-Care for your newborn baby. Tips for things to look for…
baby is a joy, and a miracle, all rolled into one beautiful bundle. While
everyone around cuddles the baby and enjoys the precious moments, for a new
mother it can be a worrying time. Every cough, every sneeze, every wail can
send a new mother into panic. But, remember, like all new things, motherhood
has a learning curve. You will figure it out.
a newborn needs monitoring 24/7, the new mother does not have to worry at every
sound or movement that her baby makes. Sometimes, the wail is for feeding or
other times, it could be a cause for concern. Some common newborn problems that mothers can keep an eye
out for include:-
Don’t worry – if your newborn develops a
yellowish tinge on their skin soon after birth. It is a sign of jaundice and is
common. It is caused by the build-up of bilirubin which is usually processed by
the liver. A newborn’s liver may yet be too immature to process the bilirubin
and excrete it. It will eventually pass as the baby’s liver function gets
Worry – if the jaundice doesn’t pass
or returns a few weeks after you bring the baby home. It could be a sign of a
Don’t worry – if sometimes your baby won’t
stop crying in spite of taking care of all their needs. The constant crying
could be a sign of colic. Colic pain occurs in babies due to indigestion and
gas. Making sure that the baby is burped after every feed can help.
Worry – if the baby manifests other
symptoms like fever or a rash.
Don’t worry – if there are white patches
on the roof of your baby’s mouth, inside the cheeks, and on the tongue. It is a symptom of thrush (a bacterial
infection). Use a wet cloth to gently clean inside the baby’s mouth. Clean your
nipples too before and after feeds.
Worry – if the infection spreads,
there is cracking around the corners of the mouth or if there is bleeding. Your
paediatrician can suggest ointments and medications to treat it.
Don’t worry – if your baby has large,coloured
birthmarks. They may be present at birth or they may manifest in newborns. It
usually fades as the baby gets older.
Worry – if the birthmarks are around
the eye and interfere with vision. If they are on the eyelid or forehead, it is
wise to show it to the paediatrician.
Don’t worry – if your baby develops a rash
around the diaper area. It is just the baby’s tender skin reacting to wet
nappies. Ensuring that you change the baby’s nappy regularly and airing the
area can help prevent diaper rash.
Worry – if the rash is severe, doesn’t
heal or there are open wounds. Then, you should take the baby to the doctor.