4 things you should never do with a newborn to keep them safe
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A gift from above, babies always bring happiness and joy to our homes. But it is vital to know what to do with your newborn to make sure he stays safe and sound.
Many infants die during sleep from unsafe sleep environments. Some of these deaths are from entrapment, suffocation, and strangulation. Some infants die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
But there are ways for parents to keep their sleeping baby safe. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that healthy infants be placed on their backs for sleep, as this is the safest position for an infant to sleep.
Give your baby his share of "tummy time” when he is awake. This will help strengthen neck muscles and avoid flat spots on the head. Always stay with your baby during tummy time and make sure she is awake.
Think about all the bacteria and germs your little one will come in contact with. During the first weeks of your baby's life, this can cause some serious problems for him.
Kissing, and unwashed hands, can introduce unwanted illnesses. Their little immune systems just aren't quite up to protecting their body from getting sick.
Politely ask visitors to not kiss your newborn, and to wash their hands before holding him. If they are ill, visit on another day. You may feel like you’re being an overly-fussy new mum, but this is not the time to take chances.
This may sound like a no-brainer, but has to be emphasised. They may be teeny tiny, but newborns excrete and urinate much more than a 6-month-old baby. Check your baby's diaper regularly and make sure it isn’t soiled and heavy, uncomfortable or needs to be changed. This will also help prevent diaper rash.
Your newborn may appear to be cold, but don't go to the extreme of over-dressing her. Excess clothing can cause fever and dehydration if you aren't super careful. Dress your newborn in layers so you can easily add or remove her clothes to keep the temperature just right.
Babies dressed in too many layers (of blankets or clothing) are at greater risk for overheating and for SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
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