Thursday, December 29, 2011
There is often a vaginal discharge in the first days after birth. It appears as white mucus and may he ting with blood. Sometimes both baby boys and girls develop a swelling and fullness of their breast. They may actually secrete milk, which sometimes even exudes from the nipples. You should not squeeze this milk out deliberately; such squeez¬ing may result in an infection or an abscess. Both vaginal discharge and milk secretion are caused by maternal hormones which crossed the placenta: before birth.
The newborn usually passes urine in the first twelve hours, but delays up to 24 hours are not unusual. If the baby does not pass urine by then, inform your doctor. The baby's bowels usually start functioning in 24 hours. Initially, the child will pass a blackish motion, called meconium. The normal, yellow-colored motion appears only around the third or fourth day of life.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The newborn's genitals are usually disproportionately large, being swollen at birth. The swelling will gradually disappear .. In an uncircumcised baby boy, the foreskin normally adheres to his penis and should not be forcibly retracted. The foreskin naturally separates and becomes retractable as the child grows older.
The umbilical cord, which linked Baby to you, is cut and tied immediately after birth. It begins to dry and turn leathery soon afterwards and will fall off within 5-10 days. . A slight bulge around the umbilical cord may sometimes develop in the first month. This too is not uncommon and is not dangerous; it generally disappears by the end of the first year
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Many newborns have a variety of "spots" on their skin. Others have dark pigmented areas, usually to be found on their bottoms, backs or feet. These areas are called Mongolian spots; they become lighter as the child grows. Still other babies have red patches, or Hangel's kisses", at the roots of their noses or at the napes of their necks. No treatment is recommended in all these cases, as they will aU eventually disappear.
If you see Sometimes a blister in baby's mouth on its upper lip. Don’t worry. This is due to suckling, particularly in a breast-fed infant. It will disappear by itself. Some infants are born with a tooth. If it is loose, it can be removed easily.
Saturday, November 19, 2011
The eyelids of the newborn may appear puffy, again due to its forcible passage during labour, but this too will disappear in a day or two. Sometimes the baby's eyelids will be sticky. Nothing more than a little cotton wool is needed to wipe them and remove the stickiness. Almost all newborns, upto the age of six months, have one eye wandering. This is normal and happens only because the baby's muscles have not yet become co¬ordinated. As time goes by, it will Correct itself, so don't fret the first time you notice this and think your child is going to be cross-eyed. The baby's pupils constrict if a torch-light is reflected on them.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
When the baby is born he is covered with a grayish, somewhat greasy substance. Doctors call it vernix caseosa and it is secreted by the foetus's skin glands. This is Nature's way of protecting the foetus's skin from the effect of the long exposure to the liquid environment found in the uterus. It will come off by itself in a few days. It can also be removed by rubbing oil over the baby. The newborn baby is also covered with fine, scarcely visible hair. This too will soon disappear, usually during the first month. At birth the baby is usually pink all over. But sometimes its hands and feet may be bluish for a few hours.
Saturday, November 5, 2011
At birth, most of the baby often has a fnll head of hair. This will, in most cases, be shed in the first ten months. Some babies grow a fnll head of hair quite quickly. Others do not have more hair for first few months. Rest assured that such growth does not mean the baby is going to end up being bald for life.
After the baby is born, this is generally the case if he has been exposed to cold. Make sure the baby is kept well wrapped and covered all the time. After all, he has come from the warmest, most secure place in the whole world - your womb. Try and give him in his first days as much of the same warmth outside.
Friday, October 28, 2011
The common doubts about new born baby to the new mothers are listed here. Is he the right weight and length? What is this pink patch on his nape? Is his head in the right size? Does he seem cross-eyed? Are his ears shaped like cauliflowers? Such concern is natural. But if you know what to expect, your adjustment to motherhood will be quicker and you will be spared many an anxious moment. It is good to remember is that babies are individuals, each baby is different from the other, both physically and temperamentally.
When a proud friend tells you her baby weighed almost four kilos at birth and yours was only three, do not go into a tizzy. Your baby is as normal as can be. The average newborn weighs 2.7 kg. Since that is only an average you will find newborns weighing any¬where from 2.5 to 4 kg. The newborn's head circumference will vary from 33 to 35 cm and its body length from 47 to 50 cm. If your baby measures a little more or less than even these 'normal figures', he is still within the normal parameters.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Many mothers, with babies younger than one year of age, are today working outside the home. The problem facing a working mother on the arrival of a baby are many. Should she give up her job? If not, when should she get back to work ? Should she breast-feed or not? How does she find a good caretaker or the right crèche?
If you are working out the necessity to supplement your household income, the question of giving up you job does not arise. But if you are working without any commitment and giving up you job does not entail any financial constraints, you can either give up your work or take leave to look after your baby. Remember, whether you are a working mother or a house wife, it does not affect the baby in the least, provided you can organize effective care for the child.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
The umbilical cord, which linked Baby to you, is cut and tied immediately after birth. It begins to dry and turn leathery soon afterwards and will fall off within 5-10 days. A slight bulge around the umbilical cord may sometimes develop in the first month. This too is not uncommon and is not dangerous; it generally disappears by the end of the first year.
The newborn's genitals are usually disproportionately large, being swollen at birth. The swelling will gradually disappear. In an uncircumcised baby boy, the foreskin normally adherers to his penis and should not be forcibly retracted. The foreskin naturally separates and becomes retractable as the child grows older. In the case of newborn girls, there is often a vaginal discharge in the first days after bith. It appears as white mucus and may be tinged with blood.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
All baby food, to start with, must be hand-mashed, blended, ground or liquidized. Fruit and vegetables can be blended, raw or after cooking. Meats have to be cooked for easier blending. Most foods need water or some other liquid, like milk, juice or stock, added to them to get a good consistency - especially when the baby is very young Large amounts can be made at one time and frozen, either in ice-cube trays or in individual servings, so busy mothers can defrost them one at a time.
Cooking for Baby does not require the skills of a gourmet cook. All it takes is common sense, fresh and wholesome ingredients, scrupulous hygiene and lover for your Baby. Here is a list of starter foods and some basic recipes to introduce Baby to solid food.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Early stages of the Child are wonderful to watch. The most dramatic of them occur between birth and one year. Each and every moment of them will make you react. A child goes through many stages. Some moments bring pleasure, others bring pain. If you know what to expect, your adjustment to every new situation will be quicker and your joy in each the greater.