Leaving the hospital with a newborn is an exciting and potentially nerve-wracking time for a new mother. This program arms you with the information you need to head home from the hospital with confidence. Get vital information about support at home, screening tests at the hospital, paperwork for your child, and other discharge information.
Watch this video to learn about ways to make your child's hospital stay as safe as possible. You will also learn about your newborn's first checkup will happen in the hospital, which includes screening tests, immunizations as well as advice about the baby's care and condition.
When a healthy baby regularly cries intensely and for a long time, we call that "colic." It happens a lot, often in the evening. You can't figure out the reason for the crying, and nothing seems to soothe your baby. Colic isn't harmful for your baby, but it is stressful and upsetting for you.
We don't always think about tooth decay being a problem for babies and toddlers. But it's a common issue, and it's serious. Many babies are given bottles with sweet liquids throughout the day and night. This can weaken teeth and allow cavities to form. We call this "baby bottle tooth decay."
Until your newborn's umbilical cord falls off, sponge baths are the best way to bathe your baby. Gather supplies ahead of time. Bathe your newborn every 2 to 3 days, using the steps below as a guide. You can wash the diaper area more frequently as needed to keep the baby clean.
A rectal temperature is taken by placing a thermometer in your baby's bottom. This method provides the most accurate reading. Talk with your baby's healthcare provider before taking your baby's temperature this way. It should be done only when advised by your baby's healthcare provider.
Jaundice happens when your baby's liver is still immature. The liver can't help the body get rid of enough bilirubin. Bilirubin is a substance found in the red blood cells. It can build up in the blood after your baby is born. This is part of the normal breakdown of red blood cells. But if bilirubin levels become too high and are not treated, they can harm your baby's developing brain and nervous system.
Liquid vitamin supplements are prescribed for many babies when they leave the hospital. Your baby may need vitamins if he or she was born early, or has certain health conditions. A breastfed baby may need extra vitamins if the mother eats a vegan diet. Vitamin supplements will help your baby grow and develop normally. They are not meant to replace regular feedings.
Keep the temperature in your home in the low 70s. Dress the baby the way you would want to be dressed for that temperature. During sleep, dress the baby in a sleeper or an infant zip-up blanket. Keeping the baby's temperature in a normal range helps keep him or her comfortable and healthy.
In newborns, skin color changes are often due to something happening inside the body. Some color changes are normal. Others are signs of problems. The changes described below can happen to any newborn. But skin color changes may be more obvious in babies born early, or prematurely, who have thinner skin than full-term babies.
"It's easy for a little bit of the baby's stomach contents to leave the stomach, travel up the esophagus (food pipe), and come out through the mouth. This is called ""spitting up,"" and it's normal. But spitting up is not the same as vomiting, which can sometimes be a sign of a serious problem. This sheet will help you understand the difference."
Providing a safe environment for your new little one starts from the moment you walk in the door. Surfaces should be clean, but make sure you are using cleaning products that are safe for baby. The air baby breathes should also be free of smoke or allergens, and carpets must be vacuumed regularly. This video will outline safe home cleaning practices and products and ways to maintain healthy air quality to ensure a clean and safe home for your baby.
Rooming in is the practice of keeping mothers and babies together following hospital or maternity center birth. Learn how rooming in promotes breastfeeding, supports better rest for you and baby, and provides your family with a chance to bond earlier with your new addition.
It is important for parents to understand ways to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. It is equally important for parents to share and promote safe sleep to grandparents and other trusted caregivers. The video portrays what a safe sleep environment looks like and describes other ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
After watching this program, the viewer should understand the developmental milestones a parent should expect to see in their baby at birth to 3 months. The series will include vision, hearing, social, and movement guidelines, as well as important signs of possible health issues.
After watching this program, the viewer should understand the developmental milestones a parent should expect to see in their baby at 4 to 7 months, and 8 to 12 months. The series will include vision, hearing, social, and movement guidelines, as well as important signs of possible health issues.