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4 Baby Care Information That All Parents Should Know

4 Baby Care Information That All Parents Should Know - New parents face many problems and issues that they hope to understand and address immediately. Unfortunately, newborns don't come with an instruction book so here are a few topics you may need to know.

Bathing your baby: Until your baby's umbilical cord falls off one to two weeks after birth, simply sponge bathe him. A cotton ball or cotton ball soaked in alcohol can help dry the umbilical cord or follow your pediatrician's instructions. Once the stump is removed, you can bathe it in a shallow sink or bathtub.


Caesarean Delivery: A C-section is usually done to make delivery safer for you or your baby. A caesarean section can be performed for a variety of reasons including interrupted labor, complicated delivery, problems with the baby that might make labor difficult, or other problems. It doesn't matter if you gave birth vaginally or by caesarean section, you are still a mother with new beautiful blessings.

ircumcision: Many doctors agree that there may be benefits from circumcision, but it may not be absolutely necessary. This can help lower the risk of urinary tract infections and eliminate nearly all chances of penile cancer. Circumcision does not cause long-term emotional problems for your child.

Crib death (SIDS): A lot of research has been done on SIDS. Although the cause of SIDS has not been determined with certainty, several correlations have been made between SIDS and the following:
  • Boys are more likely to die from SIDS than girls
  • Prematurity makes it more likely
  • Minority children are affected more often than non-minorities
  • More children of single mothers who are still young die from it
  • Children who live in the same household as one or more smokers are more likely to be affected
  • Some people say that sleeping with babies can reduce the risk of SIDS, but the American Academy of Pediatrics disagrees with this statement and goes on to say that the risk of SIDS is greater in babies who sleep together.

Getting back to sleep is what most pediatricians recommend for babies to reduce the risk of SIDS. The reasons are much debated among health experts. If you have concerns, talk to your pediatrician.


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