Caring for an infant is not an easy task for any mom, especially first-time moms. You can be overwhelmed by the overly dependent newborn cries and needs. As much as it will be challenging to remain calm, you need to relax for you to think correctly and also for the baby to feed off your positivity.
You cannot remain calm if you are not sure about the dos and don'ts in different situations. Even though you might have your pediatrician on speed dial, sometimes you will be required to do some first aid procedures before proceeding to the hospital to stabilize the infant.
Have the Pediatrician Check on the New Born Before Leaving the Hospital
It is vital to have your newborn baby checked before leaving the hospital. Besides the Apgar score, the pediatrician will be able to do a full-body visual check to analyze your baby's eyes, heart, ears, and hips. Male children have an additional testicle check for early identification of any problem.
From the results, the pediatrician will give the recommendations and follow-up plan. Your baby will have to take subsequent tests to ascertain the results' trueness. Though some complications may take a more extended period to resolve, it is essential that you keenly follow the doctor’s advice while monitoring your baby’s health.
Have a Medical Emergency Kit
Ensure that you have the necessary equipment in your emergency kits, like pain killers and thermometers. Check on the validity of the first aid and emergency kit items to ensure their condition before having your baby consume them. You should also ensure you keep the kit away from the babies and infants to avoid medicine misuse or abuse.
Always Consult With the Pediatrician
When in doubt, be sure to contact your pediatrician. Please do not self-diagnose your child based on previous experiences. Note down any health changes or worries in your child and contact your pediatrician for further advice.
Due to technology, there are improved ways and methods which you can use to reach your doctor through various video calls. These cells play a significant role in adding a hands-on touch during the consultation.
Beware of the Common Signs of Illnesses
You should also research the common signs of illnesses that you should look out for in your baby. It will help you detect any illness early enough, which might prove the difference at the end of the day. It then highlights the importance of closely monitoring your baby's activities and behavior.
Monitor Your Baby’s Milestones
It is an incredible feeling to have your child achieve the categories of milestones before the required age. You should be adept at the different infant and baby milestones. It will help you monitor your baby's basic functionality like the eyes, ears, and movement. Any delays in the three areas need an urgent checkup by the respective specialists.
The audiologists and opticians will often recommend hearing aids and glasses, respectively, according to their findings. Choosing a hearing aid or glasses for your children can be challenging as you need to consider which design they would love.
Lastly, never ignore your motherly instincts – a mom's sixth sense. It will help you identify the little nuggets that the doctor or other people might not recognize. Be bold, believe in yourself, and spread the love.
CANDY TAI is a wife to David and mom of 5 with a degree in Communications. She's a native Texan (Hook 'Em Horns!) who's been making her home in the Kansas City metro area for nearly 15 years. She loves being able to shuffle her kids from their various sports activities, piano lessons, and school activities. She enjoys fashion, beauty, reality TV, and moviegoing.