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Handling a Newborn

Caring for a newborn is not an easy task, especially for first time parents. You may feel like you have no idea what to do and How to do. They look so fragile, but they are resilient. With gentle care and love, you can take care of a newborn.

Wash your hands (or use a hand sanitizer) before handling your baby

Newborns don't have a strong immune system yet, so they're at risk for infection. Make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands. Keep hand sanitizer in rooms where you typically hold the baby. This way it is convenient for you and any guests to clean their hands.

Support your baby's head and neck

Slide one hand under the baby's head and place your other hand under the bottom. It is important that you always support the head and neck because newborns do not have strong neck muscles.

Never shake your newborn, whether in play or in frustration

Shaking can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. If you need to wake your infant, don't do it by shaking instead, tickle your baby's feet or blow gently on a cheek.

Be gentle

A newborn is not ready for any type of rough play. Do not shake, bounce on your knee, or throw the baby in the air. If your newborn is in a carrier, sling, stroller, or car seat, try to limit excessive bouncing or anything rough.

Learn the baby's cries

Babies express their feelings by way of crying. Mothers have to find out the reasons of crying. Crying may be due to various factors as hunger, wet nappy, illness or pain. Picking up the baby when crying, helps the baby to feel secure.

Make your baby wear appropriate clothes as per the climatic conditions to make her feel comfortable. Massaging her can help her to get rid of stress and get a good sleep. Feed her from time-to-time and help her burp

so that she does not face any trouble. While getting her vaccinated, make her wear appropriate clothes. Follow your doctor’s advice in order to make the shots hurt less. Never leave your baby alone and attend to her immediately when she cries.

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