Newborns – “the smallest feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts”
A newborn is meant to be one of the most precious gifts that can truly be a blessing to a family. It is one of the most beautiful enchanting feelings that most of the parents enjoy and cherish in their life. In the prevailing society, most parents are used to have hectic schedules during their pregnancy period.
If you are new to the parenthood there are lot of things to learn while dealing with them simultaneously. Knowing what to expect when you have a newborn can ease the anxiety that every new parent feels and give you confidence as you bond with your newborn.
The following facts might be helpful in getting to know about your newborn’s changes and behaviors.
It is important to give the newborn sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off
If it’s kept dry, it falls off faster — usually within two weeks. Besides, newborns don’t get very dirty! If the cord does get wet, pat it dry. And if the stump bleeds a little when the cord falls off, that’s okay. It scared me first, but then I found out that, as with a scab, mild bleeding was normal.
Dry skin is the norm for newborns
Initially, he may be soft and silky, but that changes. “If you soaked yourself in liquid for nine months and then hit the air, you’d be dry too!” You don’t have to do anything about dry skin (it typically peels and flakes off), but if you’re so inclined, reach for a hypoallergenic baby lotion that is fragrance-free. Little pink bumps, diaper rashes, and even baby acne may also make an appearance.
CRY: How babies communicate
Their piercing wails will let you know they’re hungry, cold, have a dirty diaper, or want to be held. These early “conversations” can be frustrating, but rest assured, you’ll get a better handle on what the baby needs in time. Initially we set an alarm to go off every two hours to wake our baby for feeding. However, we did not need the alarm, we love to laugh at that one now.
Worries that you will have in newborns: Facts you never knew
Soft spots on your baby’s scalp:
The soft spots exist so your baby can safely negotiate the narrow birth canal. Since his skull is flexible, your little one’s downy head has already survived a pretty rough ride with no harm done.
Blood in your Newborn Girl’s Diaper:
During pregnancy, a surge in maternal estrogen levels can stimulate a female fetus’s uterus. Within the first week of life, it’s not uncommon for baby girls to have a mini period in which the uterus sheds a little blood.
Soft, Squishy Poops After Every Feeding:
Breastfed babies may poop after each feeding because breast milk is so quickly digested. (Formula-fed babies may have less-frequent bowel movements.) As for as the squishy issue is concerned, most newborn poops are soft simply because babies are on an all-liquid diet. Also during feeding newborns might pass flatus. Some newborns will excessively cry while passing flatus until they are few months older.
Excessive crying while peeing:
If the baby cries every time she passes urine then you must be vigilant on that. You have to slowly check whether she cries before, during or after passing urine. Say your baby cries before passing urine then you need not worry a lot. But if the baby excessively cries while passing urine then you must see the pediatrician and get a urine culture report. If the urine culture is sensitive for certain organisms / bacteria then you will have to give your baby anti bacteria to kill the germ. If not, this may cause harmful side effects to the kidneys. Don’t worry too much, newborns anyway cry a lot when they pee during the first few months.
Experts aren’t sure why young babies hiccup so much; some say it’s due to a miscommunication between the brain and the diaphragm, the abdominal muscle that controls breathing. Regardless of their cause, hiccups are a harmless part of babyhood.
Swollen Breasts on a Newborn Girl…or Boy!
Those same hormones that cause baby girls to have a mini period can also swell the breasts of babies of both genders. Surprising? Yes. Temporary? Absolutely. Have to worry? Not at all.
Mrs. Ruwandi Fernando is reading for MPhil / PhD program in Physics and currently working as a Technology Entrepreneur in MAS Holdings. In her role as a Technology Entrepreneur, she explores new trends in the maternal apparel space, sustainable products, new technology trends that can be applied to the apparel sector. She is a mother of a newborn who is interested in Kandyan dancing, playing sports, mentoring teenagers, teaching during her leisure time.