Unfortunately, babies don’t come with instructions or a list of everything that they will need. There are things that everyone who is becoming a parent should learn before the child arrives.
Bath time with baby: For the first week or two of the babies life you only want to give it sponge baths until the remains of the umbilical cord fall off. Using a cotton ball or swab that has been dipped in alcohol, the little stump to dry faster. Pediatricians will advice new parents in the best methods of caring for their newborn, including instructions on how to properly bathe them. Once the stump has fallen off you can begin bathing the child in a shallow tub, sink, or special baby bath.
Delivery via Caesarian: A caesarean section is done when there is a problem delivering the baby vaginally. Usually, this is done to make the delivery safer for the mother, child or both. There several different reasons that a C-section might be chosen, this could include complications from labor, stalled labor, other types of delivery difficulties, or other problems. Today these procedures can be performed safely with a low-risk of complications.
Circumcision: Some physicians recommend that all boys be circumcised citing various health benefits that it may offer. However, it might not always be a necessary procedure. It has been shown that being circumcised could reduce the risks of urinary tract infections, and eliminate the possibility of developing penile cancer in the future. Be sure to discuss the pros and cons of this procedure before making any decisions.
SIDS: One thing that all new parents need to be aware of is SIDS or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. This is also known as crib death. There have been many studies regarding this syndrome. There hasn’t been a definite cause found for SIDS yet, but they have discovered many things that may contribute to it. What they have discovered is that girls are more likely to die from SIDS than boys. Premature babies are at a greater risk. More minority children will die from this than non-minority children. Young, single mother are more likely to have children die from SIDS than other women. It’s also been proven that smoking in a house with an infant will dramatically increase the risk of SIDS.
Co-Sleeping: Co-Sleeping is where parents allow their infants to sleep in the same bed as they do. The most recent statements from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that this can increase the risk of these infants dying from SIDS. They recommend that all children sleep in their own cradle or crib. These should contain anything that might put the child at risk for suffocating in their sleep. These include items such as pillows, stuffed animals, ill-fitting bumper pads, or blankets. It’s also best that they sleep on their backs instead of their front. The reasoning for this widely debated in the health community, but it has been shown to decrease the chances of SIDS.
All new parents need to discuss any of their concerns with their pediatrician. There is a lot of learning about properly caring for your new child, and never be afraid to ask questions. The health and safety of your child should always be the first concern, so make sure you’re as informed as you can possibly be.