A newborn’s skin is very much sensitive compared to those of adults. So it is very important to take a good care of the baby’s skin. There can be all chances that the baby’s skin might get infected and so they must be handled with much care. Always doctors say you to clean your hands or use sanitizers while handling the baby. There is an important reason for it and it should never be ignored. Here is a story of how the newborn was infected with a deadly virus due to a kiss she got on her lips.
Oral herpes or cold sores are an infection mainly of the mouth and lips caused by a specific type of the herpes simplex virus (also termed HSV-1, type 1 herpes simplex virus or herpes simples labialis). The virus causes painful sores on the lips, gums, tongue, roof of the mouth, inside the cheeks, and sometimes on the face and neck. Infrequently, it may cause genital lesions. Though Oral herpes is not fatal in adults, they can be deadly when it infects a baby.
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Newborn infected by Oral Herpes
Clare Henderson, a UK mother started a campaign in Face book in order to raise awareness of the risks involved with kissing babies on the lips. Her daughter Brooke had contracted oral herpes from a well intentioned visitor. The HSV-1 virus which causes cold sores can result in high fevers, seizures, liver damage and brain damage in very young babies.
Clare noticed some sores on her baby’s mouth and told a friend who advised her to seek medical attention immediately. She headed straight to hospital and was told by doctors she’d done the right thing. Brooke had developed sores around her mouth as well as in her throat. Doctors placed Brooke on an anti-viral drip for five days, and are fortunately back to health. After the event, Clare decided she should use the experience to raise awareness of the dangers of the cold sore virus to young babies.
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How to Be Careful?
After this event many parents were concerned about the fact that their baby might get infected by any such viruses too. This was definitely alarming to a few as to how can they take care of their newborn. Here are a few suggestions of taking care of your new born.
- Parents should be very careful in allowing visitors who are having any infections or are unwell.
- Babies should be well vaccinated.
- A big no from kissing especially from people who have cold sores. This is because the HSV-1 virus can be transmitted through saliva. If you have a cold sore, it’s important you don’t kiss your baby. The same rule should apply to anyone else who comes into contact with your baby.
- Ask friends and family to wash their hands before touching the baby. This one is important to stop the spread of other germs too, so is definitely worth implementing if you have a newborn baby in the house.
- Keep a bottle of hand sanitizer in the living room, and politely ask guests to use some before you hand over your precious bundle of joy.
- Ask friends and family members to postpone visiting the new baby until they are cold sore free.
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Many people take this approach to other illnesses, and while it may not be commonplace to apply the same rule to cold sores, you get to set the rules when it comes to your own baby. But remember, oral herpes is transmitted via infected saliva, mucous membranes, or skin. Your baby is your new life so always just remember to take great care of this bundle of joy. Consult a doctor in case you doubt any pimples or bubbles spotting out the baby’s skin.
Once you have brought home your little bundle of joy, taking good care of it is your biggest responsibility. It’s a special and rewarding experience of your life but you might feel lost as in what to do and how? To take care of a new born you need to know some of these tips to give your child constant attention and care.
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Newborn needs lot of rest to continue growing healthy and strong. So make sure they rest for at least 16 hrs a day. Once they are 3 months or more their sleep will reduce down to 6-8 hrs a day. Some babies are confused with their night and days when they are born. They are more alert at night compared to day time, just be patient till they begin a normal sleeping cycle. Make your baby sleep on his back to lower the risk of SIDS. But do alternate the position of your baby’s head to eliminate the soft spot.
2. Breastfeeding or Formula feeding:
One should nurse their baby 8-12 times during first 24 hours of birth. You should nurse at least every 4 hours by gently waking your baby to feed if necessary. If the baby is getting enough food it will produce 6-8 wet diapers a day, with steady bowel movements and will steadily gain weight. Make yourself comfortable as feeding can even take up to 40 minutes long, so give your back enough support at the time of nursing. Eat a healthy and well-balanced diet. Stay hydrated and be prepared to feel more hunger than normal and follow it. Limit your use of alcohol or caffeine because it will enter your breast milk.
If you are choosing the formula feed make sure that you follow the directions on the label of the formula when you prepare it. Properly sterilize new bottles. Feed your baby every two or three hours, or whenever he seems hungry. Do not store formula in the fridge for more than 24 hours. You can carefully warm it because many babies prefer it that way, but it’s not necessary. Discard any formula left out of the fridge for over an hour or any left unfinished by the baby.
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3. Diapers and Rashes:
You can choose from cloth or disposable diapers. But be prepared with your choice before you bring your baby home. To avoid diaper rash, change your baby’s diaper as soon as possible after a bowel movement, using soap and water to wipe your baby or can use cotton balls or baby wipes. Let your baby remain without diaper for a few hours each day to let your baby’s bottom air out a bit.
4. Baby Bath:
The first week, you should give your baby a sponge bath. Once the umbilical cord falls off, you can start bathing your baby regularly, around two to three times a week. The right way is you should gather your supplies, such as towels, soap, a clean diaper, etc, in advance. Fill the baby tub with about three inches of warm water before you begin the bath.
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Wash or sanitize your hands before handling you babies as new borns are susceptible to infection because their immune systems aren’t quite so strong yet. You have to make sure to give your baby as much head and neck support as possible when you hold it. You should let the baby’s head rest inside your inner elbow, with the length of his body resting on your forearm. Avoid shaking your baby, whether you’re playing or angry. This can cause bleeding in the brain, which can lead to death. Don’t try to wake up your baby by shaking it, either — instead, tickle its feet or give it another gentle touch. Learn to swaddle your baby. This is a great way to keep your baby feeling secure before he reaches the two month mark.
6. Tummy Time:
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7.Understanding Different Signs of Babies:
- It’s difficult to understand the reason for which the baby is upset initially but with passing time it becomes easier. A few tricks you can try are check for a wet diaper, try to feed them. If that doesn’t work, try adding or removing a layer of clothing if it’s cold or hot respectively. Sometimes, babies just wants to be held, or is experiencing too much stimulation or may just need to be burped.
- Rocking them gently and singing a lullaby will help. Give them a pacifier if that doesn’t work. They might just be tired so lay them down. Sometimes, they just cry and you have to let them until they fall asleep. In the beginning, the most important thing you can do is to bond with your baby, which means you should stroke or cradle your baby, give them some skin-to-skin contact, or just giving an infant massage.
- Babies love vocal sounds, and it’s never too early to start talking, babbling, singing, or cooing with your baby. Play some music for them while you’re bonding, or play with toys that make noise, such as rattles.
- Some of them are more sensitive to touch and light than others, so if they doesn’t seem to be responding well to your attempts at bonding, then you can take it easier with the noise and lights until they get used to it.
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- You may need to pay frequent visits to the doctor during its first year, for scheduled check-ups and shots. Many first newborn visits occur just within 1-3 days after discharged from the hospital. After that, each doctor’s program varies, but you should generally take your newborn to the doctor at least two weeks to a month after birth, after the second month, and then every other month or so. Do pay a visit to your doctor in case you notice anything abnormal.
- Some symptoms you should look out for include:
- Dehydration: less than three wet diapers per day, excessive sleepiness, dry mouth.
- Bowel movement problems: no movement during the first two days, white mucus in stool, flecks or streaks of red in the stool, overly high or low temperature.
- Respiratory problems: grunting, flaring of nostrils, fast or noisy breathing, chest retractions.
- Umbilical cord stump problems: pus, odor, or bleeding from stump.
- Jaundice: yellow color in the chest, body, or eyes.
- Prolonged crying: crying for over thirty minutes.