TO LOOK OUT FOR
baby will face some problems for the first few days out of
the womb. Mothers generally get tensed and start worrying
that the baby might be sick and get panicked. Following listed
are the common problems that your newborn will face.
Your baby's first bowel movements are generally green and
sticky as they are composed of mostly merconium and full of
digested mucus. Hence don't worry if you see green sticky
stool. Breastfed babies usually produce soft, yellowish stools,
sometimes tinged light green with little odour. A bottlefed
baby often produces stools that are firmer, brown and smellier.
This is the common problem faced by most of the mothers. Your
baby may be crying because of many reasons. Usually there
is something they are not happy about. It could be a burp
ready to come up, it might be that the milk flow is too fast,
your baby may be full, or if you are breastfeeding, your breast
may be empty. These moments of fussiness usually occur around
six weeks and again at eight to twelve weeks. When your baby
fusses, stop the feed to release wind. Then resume the feed
on the second breast. When your baby fusses again, stop the
feed and return it for the last time to the first breast.
If your baby is bottle fed, follow the same process. Burp
your baby, check to see that the teat is not blocked, and
also check that the teat hole is the correct size for your
baby's age. You can tell if your baby is getting enough by
the number of soiled and wet nappies you are changing and
by your baby's weight gain.
Air can be swallowed while suckling, when your baby is crying,
or if the flow of milk is too fast. Correct positioning of
your baby before and after feeding can help prevent excessive
wind and provide relief. The release of air may bring up regurgitated
milk. Keeping your baby's back reasonably straight with its
lower back supported upright will help your baby expel excessive
air more easily. After a feed you can help your baby to release
wind. Sit your child on your knees, leaning forward and supported
by one of your hands across the upper chest. With your other
hand, stroke your baby's back from the base of the spine upwards.
Then pat gently between your baby's shoulder blades. Baby
massage on the back and stomach will help disperse trapped
When a baby vomits, it is usually a sign that your baby is
full or needs to get rid of mucus in the stomach. The best
thing to do is change your baby's nappy and put it to bed.
Even if your baby has just regurgitated most of the feed,
there is no immediate need for more food. A sleep will do
wonders though your baby may wake a little earlier than usual
for the next feed. If your baby is repeatedly vomiting, is
not gaining weight, has blood or green-tinged bile in the
vomit or has a constantly high fever, call your doctor. Repeated
vomiting is dehydrating for a little one.
Young baby get lots of hiccups and snuffle a lot causing lot
of concern to you. But you need not worry because this is
due to the respiratory system developing. Many babies born
by Caesarean have more mucus in their system and thus have
problems during breathing. This is because babies born vaginally
are squeezed through the birth canal, an action that often
forces a lot of mucus out of the baby's system.
Often babies lose weight the first few days out of the womb.
This is quite normal because prior to birth babies retain
fluid and nutrients and these are shed in the days following.
Weight is regained and usually surpassed within the first
week or so. However if your baby is continuing to lose weight,
seek medical advice.
Blisters and Dry Skin:
Young babies also tend to twitch and jerk in their sleep as
their nervous system continues to develop. Young babies often
develop suckling blisters in the first few weeks. These will
disappear without treatment. Dry and peeling skin on the hands
and feet is common with young babies and it tends to disappear
without treatment. It is not usually eczema. But if the condition
is bad then do seek your Doctor's advice.
Babies often are affected by thick,
sticky, yellow mucus around the eyes. This is usually a result
of a blockage in the tear duct called the lacrimal duct. In
babies the duct is very narrow and is easily blocked by debris
from the eye. A sticky eye needs to be cleaned frequently
with cotton buds or a muslin facecloth and warm water.
babies experience some degree of digestive upset due to their
still-developing system. Mild constipation can be alleviated
through regular massage, particularly of the tummy, back and
buttocks. Abnormal bowel movements can be distressing. If
your baby has sudden vomiting or diarrhoea, severe or long-lasting
swelling of the belly or blood in the bowel motions, call
your doctor immediately. Repetitive diarrhoea is dehydrating
for a baby's system.
During the first few weeks of a life,
a newborn finds itself in a strange environment. If your baby
is having difficulty sleeping, check that the environment
is suitable and the room temperature is proper. A warm bath
followed by a baby massage is the ultimate preparation for