As part of our ongoing coverage of the newborn and newborns at the NICUs, we take a look at some of the issues newborns face and the potential risks to newborns that we’re aware of.
The Newborn: The following is an excerpt from Dr. Lisa Kuehne’s book, The Biggest Mistake That Could Happen in the Newborn’s First 24 Hours: A Guide to Managing the New Baby.
The book is available on Amazon.
Dr Kuehnne’s approach to keeping babies calm is different from the common practice of introducing them to new toys and treats.
She says babies don’t need to be exposed to new foods, toys or activities.
“They are not ‘stuck in a box,’ so they need to feel safe to be present,” she explains.
If a baby is too anxious to be around others, she says it’s best to try a calming method first.
A mother can take a baby to the nursery, where she can introduce them to a new baby carrier, a toy that will not interfere with their sleep, and a crib with a crib mat.
It’s also important to get a baby into a quiet room where they are not distracted by other people.
In addition to introducing babies to new objects, Kuehmens advice also includes keeping newborns comfortable and away from other people, which can be hard if they are stressed.
Some babies are particularly sensitive to their mother’s presence, and Kuehehnne advises keeping a safe distance.
Kuehnen also recommends keeping newborn baby carriers in the nursery as they’re used more often, so the mother doesn’t have to worry about them being taken away.
As for the nursery crib, Koehnne suggests having the mother place it with the babies and the baby on a side to keep them from getting too comfortable.
When parents are away, they should also avoid using the nursery’s crib as a baby crib.
For babies who are too anxious, Kuesne suggests bringing them back to the hospital where they can be evaluated by a doctor or nurse.
You can find more information on keeping newborn babies safe and healthy in our Newborns, the NICUS, and the NICM, guide to care.
Here are some of Dr. Lisa’s tips for babies: Be sure your newborn is well-rested and comfortable.
Make sure they’re getting plenty of rest, and don’t neglect to take your baby to bed, where they’ll get a lot of sleep.
Give them a bath at least once a day.
Try to get them to lie down to avoid head trauma and keep their head out of their crib.
Keep a crib or bed in the room, but keep it well-ventilated.
Make sure their skin is clean and their hair is well groomed.
Keep them comfortable by putting them in a rocking chair and giving them plenty of soft-tooth and dental supplies, like a soft blanket.
Wear a clean diaper, and wear the same for each baby.
Take your baby for a walk around the nursery at least two or three times a day, and make sure they are kept in a well-lighted area where they will be comfortable and not bothered.
Check on their weight every four hours.
Be patient with babies who have been a little bit too quiet, but make sure you are not taking your baby outside too soon.
Don’t neglect the NICUCs and NICM.
There are plenty of baby rooms and nurseries that are open to the public, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the NICUP website and follow the instructions to ensure the room and baby are being cared for properly.
Stay in touch with the baby.
Make sure you’re making sure you don’t miss any appointments and follow up on any messages you get.
Do not neglect to let the nurse know you are sick, or to call to check on your baby.