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Medical Care

Health Tips for the Newborn

In many societies and communities, the arrival of a newly born child is usually followed with a great celebration in a carnival-like atmosphere. And truly speaking, there is no way you will not be charmed upon setting your eyes on the innocent smiles of a newly born. However, just as celebration is important, it is even more important that the continuous existence of the child is ensured.

A very good way of making sure that the child is adequately taken care is to focus on the health and vitality of the child. This is even more important in the light of the fact that as a newborn, a baby’s immune system is just developing and is still weak. Thus, they may be prone to some infections and disease states when adequate measures are not taken to protect them against such.

In taking care  of a newborn with focus on the health, you need to ensure that the child has his or her bath regularly with a specially formulated soap. The soap should not be too strong on the skin just as the water should not be too cold or hot. It must be emphasized that it is of utmost importance that the water used in bathing is very clean and free of germs. Apart from the issue of bathing, another aspect that  must be taken care of is the preparation of the child’s meal. Clean water must be used and it is also important that the mother that will breastfeed washes the mammary glands properly to clear off germs or micro-organisms. Apart from these domestic measures, you need to ensure that your child gets the necessary immunizations and inoculations, especially those against childhood killer diseases.

Taking a Newborn to the Doctor

The first time your new baby gets sick can be one of the scariest and most stressful times as a parent. It is never fun when your child is sick, but when they are tiny and you have no idea what is going on with them, you will most likely be very scared. However, you must remain calm and you will be able to get the problem taken care of more easily.

First, you should call your child’s main physician first.  Depending on what is going on they may have you bring your baby to the office, or due to the small size you may be asked to bring your child to the emergency room. If this is the case, don’t panic!  It doesn’t mean that it is truly an emergency, but when you are dealing with really young babies sometimes it is better to get them seen in a quicker fashion.

Whichever location you are asked to bring your child, do it quickly but don’t go crazy running red lights trying to get there. If it were truly an emergency your doctor would have sent an ambulance.

Once you are there you will likely be seen very quickly. Babies can’t handle dehydration especially, so the doctor likely wants to see what is going on and begin a course of treatment. Once you go back and the doctor is looking over your baby you will have a better idea what is happening. More than likely the doctor will be able to give him or her something on the spot to help with the problems. You may be given a prescription too, which you should fill and make sure you give the baby on schedule.

You may be tempted, but don’t give your child over the counter medications unless your doctor specifically recommends it. There are certain medications that can actually hurt the healing process or may interact with the prescription drugs you have been given.