How to take care of newborns?
Newborns Warning Signs
Keep a strict watch on your baby’s behavior and pattern for newborns warning signs are important. Immediately call your pediatrician if you notice any of the following:-
- Measure baby’s under-arm temperature. If the fever is above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Centigrade) it calls for a doctor’s visit.
- If you notice baby breathing with difficulty with ribs getting pulled, or if the baby has noisy breathing, or if the baby is consistently breathing very fast with more than 60 times in a minute, immediately reach a doctor.
- The baby is pale or has bluish color.
- Baby has movement only when stimulated or there is no movement at all, with fast breathing (60 breaths per min).
- Baby’s skin appear yellow and the eyes also seem to be yellow. This could be sign of jaundice. Immediately see a doctor.
- Monitor baby’s change in activity. Watch if the baby is feeling lethargic, neglecting the feed, irritable, fussy or crying.
- Skin surrounding the umbilical cord has turned red or there is drainage or inflammation or foul odor.
- Baby should ideally have 8 to 12 breast feedings. See a doctor if the frequency is reduced.
- Baby has little or no urine. Diapers make it difficult for you to know the frequency and quantity of urination. By day five, baby should wet 6 to 8 diapers.
- Babies should have at least two stools in a day if breastfeeding and one stool if on formula-feed.
Remember every child is different. You should have knowledge and understanding of your child’s behavioral patterns. Observe your child carefully. See your doctor if you finds any signs which might be of concern.