We often see concerns such as “How are we going to take care of this baby” in parents who go home with a small individual joining their family. Especially in families who do not have elders close to them, this anxiety is more common. We are sure that some of the suggestions that we will explain below will put you at ease.
In the first week until the navel falls, umbilical care should be done with a solution. Since some drugs used for this purpose can irritate the skin, please apply only to the umbilical cord and do not smear the skin too much. A cotton swab can help you apply the drug to the umbilical cord in a more controlled manner. Wrapping the sterile gauze on it after applying and taking the wrapped navel out of the lower binding cloth will allow the navel to fall out more cleanly, safely and healthily. Although there is no clear information about this, it would be more appropriate not to wash the baby before the navel falls off. Because the wet navel may need to dry and fall off. . For this, it is sufficient that the core does not enter the water directly. However, there is no harm in bowing the baby’s head and washing it and wiping its body with a wet soapy clean cloth.
When you take your baby for the first examination, make sure that the newborn screening tests are taken. Vitamin D is very important for your child’s bone development. Please do not forget to start your child with vitamin D after 15 days in line with the recommendation of your doctor.
Rule 1: Feed your baby with mother’s milk for the first 6 months! Don’t let even the hot days of summer scare you. Your baby definitely doesn’t even need water for the first 6 months. 90-95 percent of your milk already consists of water. Giving food or other liquids such as water, tea from time to time will create a feeling of saturation in your baby’s stomach, helping you to suckle more sparingly. It will also indirectly cause a decrease in your milk. Because your milk will increase as you suckle, and if you avoid breastfeeding because you have less milk, your milk will decrease even more. Each time the baby suckles, it prepares your breasts for milk production for the next meal. Especially after cesarean delivery, the arrival of milk may be delayed. In this case, you can consult your doctor about what you can do. Breast milk is the most easily digested food for the baby.
In babies fed with breast milk, complaints such as gas, vomiting and constipation will be at a minimum level. There are very special chemical substances in breast milk that protect your baby from germs such as pneumonia and diarrhea. Did you know that babies’ intelligence development is faster and they have protective properties even against many adult age diseases? For all these reasons, “please give only breast milk for the first 6 months.”
Rule 2: Keep your baby in an upright position and motionless for 15-20 minutes after each feeding! The stomach valve of babies does not work very well in the first 2-3 months. Therefore, putting the babies to bed immediately after feeding, especially turning them over and over to change their diapers or to dress and undress them will cause the baby’s stomach to become nauseous, the milk foaming and causing more gas, and more importantly, the milk’s lid open. causes it to come back as it was poured from a bottle. Don’t be fooled by your baby’s loud gassing in 2-3 minutes. That’s why “after feeding, please keep your baby in an upright and still position for 15-20 minutes.” these are usually gas pains.