Your Newborn - Part 1
It’s amazing, isnt it? That overwhelming feeling of becoming a mother, maybe for the first time or maybe for the third, but it still feels the same every time….
Now you are responsible for this little life and it blows your mind, just a little bit!
In this article, I want to put your mind at rest with some practical tips and advice when it comes to keeping your new bundle safe and sound, and what to expect, because they can be full of surprises!
The Snuffles & Sneezes
Newborn babies are often quite snuffly and sneezy in the first few weeks, but the sneezing is just their way of clearing all the mucus, fluff and sometimes milk that is accumulating.
This is absolutely nothing to worry about, unless they are showing other signs of it being a cold like a persistent cough or a runny nose.
Your newborn’s breathing may be very irregular at the beginning. they can breathe rapidly and then stop for a while or they may breathe very shallow too, all this is quite normal for a newborn. Even as a seasoned childrens nurse of 17 years, counting a newborn babies respirations is always a challenge!
When your child develops a fever, which is when their temperature rises above 38 degrees, it is a normal response to infection, because the newborn babies body is already a clever little machine.
Many virus & bacteria struggle to breed at a high temperature, so our bodies turn up the heat to kill off the infection.
So lowering your child’s fever can actually prolong an illness, however if your child is uncomfortable or has some pain, they may benefit from some pain relief.
If your child is under 3 months old and has a fever above 38 degrees, they must be seen by a doctor immediately, as a small baby can deteriorate rapidly, they don’t have many reserves and they also can’t tell us what is wrong. The source of the fever needs to be identified as soon as possible.
Very young babies can develop all sorts of blotches and rashes on their delicate new skin, so it’s important to recognise what is normal and what is not.
The little milk rash they get on their nose, often looks like tiny little white heads, and sometimes they can get dry flaky skin, just from being exposed to the outside world after being tucked up in your belly for 9 months!
If your baby is out of sorts at all, and develops a red rash, there is a quick test you can do to figure out if it needs medical attention. Get a clear glass, and press it on the skin over the rash, if the rash disappears under the glass, then it is probably nothing to worry about, but if it does not disappear under the pressed glass, then you need to get your child seen immediately.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this today and you will take away some useful advice to keep in mind for your journey in motherhood.
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