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Newborn Care & Feeding - Do's & Dont's Of Them!

Written and reviewed by
Dr. Supriya Rastogi 90% (27 ratings)
MBBS, Diploma In Child Health (DCH), Fellowship On Neonatology
Pediatrician, Faridabad  •  10 years experience
 Newborn Care  & Feeding - Do's & Dont's Of Them!

 

A newborn baby is always vulnerable and is dependent on parents for taking appropriate care. Following the fundamental guidelines with regard to safety, which get chalked out by a paediatrician, would make sure that a baby is completely safe and healthy.

It is important to take certain measures while feeding the baby as well. Parents need to follow certain do’s and don'ts in this regard as well.

Let us take a look at some of the Do’s and Don'ts while taking care and feeding of newborns:

Do’s

Be Attentive:

Pay close attention to your baby. Research suggests that if a parent holds, bonds and touches his or her baby, they might help promote the development of the brain. Plus there could be physical, emotional and mental growth taking place as well.

Care From Paediatricians:

Parents must take their child for regularly scheduled visits to the paediatricians and should get their queries solved. Do follow the recommendations of your doctor to immunize your baby at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9 and 12 months.

Care About Sleep Posture:

Always make sure to put your baby sleep on his or her back. Moreover, a baby should sleep under a comfortable temperature by wearing light clothes.

Be Concerned About Safety Measures:

Parents should always use a car seat while travelling with the baby in a car. Follow the instructions given by the manufacturer, while trying to strap the car seat into the car and the baby in the car seat.

Do Get Comfortable While Feeding:

It is important to find a very comfortable position to feed the baby. Before getting started, one must make note of the fact that there is sufficient support her back and under the baby.

Personal Touch:

Skin-to-skin touch should be made while feeding, as and when possible. Babies get a special feeling whenever it is done.

Take Time:

It is important to take time while feeding the baby. Make note of the baby's cues. Mothers can resort to singing and socializing with the baby to make the duration even more comfortable.

Don'ts

Now, let us briefly discuss what should not be done while taking care of and feeding the newborns. The tips include:

Do not show your irritation on the baby, while you make him or her take their bath.

Do not allow sick people to come close or touch your baby as they would be susceptible to catching infections.

Do not get the baby’s bottles heated in a microwave. Do not feed your baby in a noisy and chaotic place.

Do not allow the baby to fall off to sleep while you are feeding. Never let your baby sleep on the stomach as there would be a risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!
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