Parenting Lesson 10 - Things immediately after birth (Part II)

Topics covered in this lesson-

  1. Taking care of the soft head of your newborn baby

  2. How to take care of umblical cord?

  3. How to make my child stop crying?

  4. What is and How to manage post partum depressions?

  5. When to have sex after child birth?


Taking care of the soft head of your newborn baby

Avoid placing pressure on the head of your baby, particularly on the soft areas. Always support the head of your baby, as at birth, the neck muscles are still weak. At approximately six weeks, these begin to reinforce, while head control will grow between four and six months. If you are worried about the fontanelles of your infant, visit your nearest clinic for guidance.


How to take care of umblical cord?

The umbilical cord stump of your baby dries out and falls off finally, usually within one to three weeks after birth. Treat the region gently in the meantime. Hold a dry stump. Parents were once told after any diaper change to swab the stump with rubbing alcohol. This could destroy bacteria that can help the cord dry and detach, researchers now claim. To help dry out the foundation, expose the stump to air instead. To stop covering the stump, keep the front of your baby's diaper folded flat.

Sponge baths remain. Although having the stump wet doesn't hurt, sponge baths might make it easier to keep the stump dry. Let the stump on its own fall off. Avoid the temptation of dragging yourself off the stump.


How to make my child stop crying?

When your baby cries, start by checking that baby isn’t sick or hurt. If you’re not sure, make an appointment with your GP or call your child and family health nurse. The first step is to check whether your baby is hungry, tired or uncomfortable. You might be able to respond to your baby’s crying by giving a feed, putting baby down for a sleep or changing baby’s nappy. Gently rock or carry your baby in a baby carrier or sling. Sometimes movement and closeness to a parent can soothe babies. Or try giving your baby a warm bath. Wrap your baby. This can help your baby feel secure. Lay your baby on their side in the cot and rhythmically pat baby’s back. Gently turn baby onto their back if they fall asleep.


Offer a dummy or the breast. Sometimes your baby isn’t hungry but wants or needs to suck. If baby is 3-4 months or older, you could also help them find their own fingers or thumb to suck. Speak softly to your baby, sing to baby or play soft music. White noise can also be soothing for some babies. You could try a fan, a vacuum, or a radio set to the static between stations. Calm things down by dimming the lights, which helps to reduce stimulation.


What is and How to manage post partum depressions?

The most effective way to diagnose and treat PPD is by visiting your doctor. They can evaluate your symptoms and devise the best treatment plan for you. You may benefit from psychotherapy, antidepressants, or some combination of both. Researchers in Australia explain that exercise may have an antidepressant effect for women with PPD. In particular, walking with baby in a stroller might be an easy way to get in some steps and breathe fresh air. Also give some time for yourself, take good rest, don’t be isolated as far as possible. As far as food is concerned focus on fish oils and maintain a healthy diet.


When to have sex after child birth?

While there's no required waiting period before you can have sex again, many health care providers recommend waiting to have sex until four to six weeks after delivery, regardless of the delivery method. The risk of having a complication after delivery is highest during the first two weeks after delivery. But waiting will also give your body time to heal. In addition to postpartum discharge and vaginal tears, you might experience fatigue, vaginal dryness, pain and low sexual desire. If you had a vaginal tear that required surgical repair, you might need to wait longer.


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