Baby health is one of the main issues that you have to deal with when you bring your newborn home and start your life as a parent. As you would never want anything bad to happen to your precious little bundle, you evaluate everything you do in terms of whether it is healthy for your baby or not. For this reason, health is at the top of your list when it comes to baby care.
Any medical professional would probably tell you that the secret to good baby care is a combination of prevention and common sense. Unless your baby suffers from a specific illness or condition, there is a lot that you can do to head off possible problems or catch them before they become more serious. Similarly, if something about your baby feels wrong or unusual, you should never be afraid to ask for some health advice. Depending on what is worrying you, you should consult a trusted friend, family member, and doctor or health visitor. Never feel that you are wasting their time. If you take your baby to the doctor, and he says that there is a problem, you have caught it early. And if he says that there is nothing wrong, then you have received something that is very worthwhile – peace of mind.
To guarantee the health of your baby, you must find a place that will provide good health care. Find out if there is a baby clinic in your area, or a paediatrician who specialises in babies. It is a good idea to get recommendations for your baby health care provider and to sort this out before the baby is born so that you won?t be on your own in an emergency.
Once the baby is born, you should take them for regular checkups. These will monitor your baby?s healthy development and growth and help you head off any possible problems. At these checkups, the baby will also be immunised against various serious childhood ailments, such as measles, mumps, diphtheria, and polio. You will also be able to receive any health advice that you want or need.
Another crucial aspect of the health of a baby is nutrition. What your baby eats as a newborn, later as an older baby, and then as a toddler will affect his future growth and development. The best food for a baby is breast milk. Breast milk contains all of the nutrients that a growing baby needs, and it also provides your baby with your immunity, meaning that they can fight off disease. This is crucial as your delicate newborn gets used to the world outside the womb.
Sometimes, however, it is not possible to breastfeed a baby, due to either the mother or the newborns health problems or because it simply did not work out. In this case, you have to choose a healthy baby formula with all of the right ingredients. Get all the best health information that you can on this issue before deciding which one to go with. Ask your health professional if your baby needs a soy or milk-based formula.
Many parents that are very careful about keeping baby bottles, baby blankets and baby clothes clean sometimes forget that other baby stuff can also harbour germs. The biggest culprit of all is the baby presents that you get from friends and family. No adult would admit it but one of the best things about buying baby gifts is browsing around all the baby stores and choosing a gift, obviously after testing to see if the cow moos or the battery operated dog walks and wags its tail. Whatever baby toys or baby products that you end up buying or receiving have probably been handled by many adults and children before you and it is important to make sure that you clean new toys and other baby items before giving them you your baby, especially newborn babies.
The well being of you baby is not only physical but also emotional. Having a new baby can cause quite an upheaval in a household. You will be tired, and after birth it is quite common to feel weepy and emotional. However, no matter what strains this might put on your marriage until everything settles down, it is vital not to argue and fight in front of the baby. Even though your baby doesn’t understand what you are saying, shouting frightens them and they can sense tension and discord even at a young age. Part of baby care is to feel loved and secure and to be in a relaxed environment in order to grow into emotionally healthy individuals.
Similarly, for a baby to grow into a psychologically healthy person, they need to feel loved and wanted. There is no such thing as spoiling a newborn baby. Therefore, cuddles should have no limit.
With these simple guidelines in mind, your baby health concerns and problems should be minimal and you can give your baby the best possible baby gift, a good start in what should be a healthy, happy life ahead.