What to do when baby falls off the bed?

What to do when baby falls off the bed?

What to do when baby takes a bump on head?

What to do if baby falls off the bed

 My baby fell off the bed – What should i do?

No no, do not worry! It didn’t happen to my baby. Well, it did happen to her a long while back but not recently. But few days back I got a call from a friend whose 8 months old baby had fallen from the bed and she was beside herself with guilt and worry. It so happened that she dozed off while feeding at night and her baby who has just discovered crawling somehow managed to cross her and next thing she saw was the baby lying on the floor crying her heart out. I’m sure it sounds commonplace to seasoned parents, but for a first-timer it is nightmarish. I still remember the first time it happened to my daughter, I just could not sleep anymore for next few months and would check on her many times a night.

 

Other’s assurances don’t help much in such a case but it is always good to be prepared for such an eventuality. Most of the times babies do not get hurt much as their skulls are much softer than adults and thus able to absorb the impact. It is more the shock of the fall than any major damage.

 

What to do if your baby rolls off the bed?

  • If your baby falls on head, it is important to observe her carefully. Look for any bumps or swellings on head. If the baby seems OK after a little while and sleeps again, let the baby sleep.
  • Take good feel of your baby’s full body for any lumps, check the eyes carefully whether they are able to focus or not.
  • If the baby cries excessively or becomes unconscious, take her to the doctor immediately.
  • If baby develops fever or vomits, it is time for the emergency room.
  • Be observant for next couple of days for any unusual lethargy or drowsiness. Mention this to baby’s doctor.
  • Take the baby to doctor without delay if there are any convulsions or seizures.

 

 

Precautions to reduce risk of falling by infants

Infants and toddlers are prone to fall off beds, cribs, couches, changing tables and so on. You can take a few precautions to cut the risk though.

  • Make the baby sleep on the cot with rails at a safe height.
  • Once the baby is sitting and trying to pull up, adjust the mattress to the lowest level on the crib.
  • If baby sleeps on a regular bed, do carpeting in the room to cut down the impact if it happens.
  • Put safety gates on stairs once the baby starts crawling and exploring.

 

Above all be calm and do not be too hard on yourself. I am yet to meet a mom whose baby has not taken a tumble during those early months. Remember, if you panic your child will also pick up the vibes and will be harder to console.

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Benefits of Almond Oil for Baby Massage

Almond Oil for Baby Massage


Sweet almond oil for baby massage

 

Is almond oil good for baby massage/ What are the benefits of almond oil for baby massage?

You must have heard from many that massage is good babies and regular massage helps in physical as well as psychological development of babies. Parents are always worried about finding the best for their babies. That baby massage is important, but which oil to chose for massage can be baffling. It is always recommended that some kind of edible oil be used for massaging baby and not commercially prepared mineral oils.

Coconut oil, mustard oil, olive oil and sweet almond oil are commonly used for baby massages. Some even recommend using pure/ desi ghee for baby massage or maalish.

Sweet almond oil or badam tel is extracted from sweet almonds which are safe for eating. It has a soothing smell and sweet taste.

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What is the right way to burp a baby after feeding?

How to burp a baby after feeding?

What is the right way to burp a baby after feed?

Is it important to burp a baby?

Is it more common for bottle-fed babies to have wind troubles?

The first few moths of parenting are full of anxieties. As a first time parent, you do not want to make a mistake. To am experienced mother, burping is nothing to worry about, but many first time mothers, including me, find it difficult to burp baby after feeding. 

Burping a Baby

 

What is a burp? Why does one need to burp baby?

When a baby feeds, she also takes in some air along with the milk. This is the same as how adults take in air with food when they eat too fast or with their mouth open. The wind gets stuck in the food pipe or oesophagus and is relieved in the form of burp.

This wind or swallowed up air can cause discomfort to baby and can also be a cause of colic. To relieve any air trapped in baby’s passages, one should burp the baby during and after every feed. Here we will discuss the right way to burp a baby and benefits of doing so.

What is the right way to burp a baby after feeding?

 

Why is it important to burp a baby?

When a baby sucks on breast or nipple to feed, she also swallows some amount of air, which can make baby feel uncomfortable and full which means she will not feed enough. Burping is the process to gently dislodge the excess air and bring it up, so baby can feel comfortable and have more milk comfortably.

If your baby has a problem of acid reflux or GERD, then it is important that you burp your baby  often during a feed.

 

Is it more common for bottle-fed babies to have wind troubles? 

Yes, it is more common because bottle do have air in them, while breasts will not have any air. Still even breastfed babies swallow some amount of air while feeding. Ensure that baby does not keep sucking on an empty bottle to avoid too much air getting sucked. 

Also remember that not every baby burps after every feeding. Some babies may burp quite often while others may not burp as frequently.

When should you burp your baby?

Ideally you should burp your baby as soon as she finishes feeding. This may also bring back some amount of milk or spit up. This is normal.  Do not worry as long as it is only a small amount and baby is not vomiting. See spit up vs. vomiting. Put a cloth on your shoulder to save your clothes when this happens.

If your baby seems fussy or uncomfortable while feeding, you may burp the baby and then settle her again to feed. If you breastfeed, you may burp once after she finishes feeding from one breast then put her to other one and  burp again when is done.

What is the right way to burp baby?

There are more than one ways of burping a baby. Not every baby burps in every position, so you should choose what works for you and your baby.

Burp baby on the shoulder/ upright position to burp a baby

This is perhaps the most common position to burp a baby. Hold baby against your shoulder with one hand and use the other hand to gently pat or rub the back to get a burp out.

 

Burp baby face down on your lap

Gently lay the baby on your lap supporting her head so that it higher than the body and stomach is gently pressured against your lap or legs.

 

Burp baby sitting on your lap

Sit the baby down on your lap supporting the head and gently rub or pat the back.

In all these positions make sure that baby’s head is well-supported and it does not flop down or back.

 

How long should one try to get a burp from baby?

A burp may come within few seconds of your rubbing baby’s back or it may take several minutes. If baby does not burp straightaway, you may continue up to ten minutes.

 

What if a burp does not come?

Most babies will reward you with a burp within a few seconds to a few minutes of patting. 

If a burp does not come by ten minutes of your trying, it may mean that baby did not swallow much air and you could stop trying.

We hope this article has answered some of your questions about how to burp a baby. Do let us know what you think and if you have any questions. If you like this article, please share it in your circle. Please leave a comment to ask a question or let us know your feedback.  You can follow us on YoutubeFacebooktwitter and pinterest.  

 

Umbilical Cord of Newborn

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Umbilical_cord

What is Umbilical Cord?

An Umbilical Cord is the connecting of tissue between fetus and mother’s placenta. This act as the life support for the fetus during prenatal development. Umbilical cord carries oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood to the fetus and bring back de-oxygenated, impure blood back to the placenta.

 

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What is the right way of washing baby’s clothes?

What is the right way of washing baby’s clothes?

How should I wash my baby’s clothes?

Washing Baby Clothes


Baby laundry can be quite a load, especially if you are using cloth diapers, but a little planning can go a long way. Here are some simple tips which will make washing your baby’s clothes a much simpler chore.

Whenever you buy new clothes, you must wash them at least once to remove any dirt, chemicals etc from the shop.

What to do when washing baby’s clothes

  • Newborn babies can go through 10-12 diapers in a day. You can either wash it in washing machine as a separate load or if you have help, you can get those hand-washed.
  • Always use gentle detergents made for baby clothes. Don’t use any kind of softeners on baby’s clothes. Soak baby’s clothes in hot water with detergent for some time and then get it washed.
  • Try and was baby’s clothing separately. do not mix it with the heavily soiled laundry from home.
  • You may also use a disinfectant like Dettol as a last wash. Add prescribed amount of disinfectant in a bucket of water and rinse already washed clothes in this. 
  • Whenever possible, dry clothes in sun. Sunlight is a natural disinfectant and you will notice that any spots on clothes also disappear when they have been dried in bright sunlight.

 

What not to do when washing baby’s clothes

  • Use detergents with fragrance – Such products may leave residue on clothes and may cause rashes, irritation to baby’s skin.
  • Use fabric softeners – There is no need for using excess chemical laden softeners etc after washing baby’s clothes.
  • Overload the washing machine
  • Use too much detergent – Using too much detergent could mean that it might remain on diapers which can cause irritation to baby’s delicate skin.
  • Mis baby’s clothes with other heavy clothing

Always be on the lookout for any sort of rashes/ reactions on baby. These can be due to residual detergent on clothes. If you happen to notice such, discontinue the use.

 

What is the right way to massage baby?

What is the right way to massage baby?

Which oil to use for massaging baby?

How to do infant massage?

Massage can be a great way to bond with your baby. In India, a baby is massaged as soon as she is 4-5 days old. Massage is usually done before bath.

Massage can be done using baby oil, lotion or some sort of edible vegetable oil. Traditionally, in North and Eastern India, mustard oil is used for massage. It is good for winter season, as it warms the body.

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Bathing a Newborn Baby – Do’s and Don’ts

How to bathe a newborn baby?

How to give your newborn a bath? 

Bathing a Newborn Baby – It can be nerve-wracking for a new parent, when you are going to bathe your baby for the first time. Your baby looks tiny and fragile and you are scared to hurt her in any way. But, it is just a matter of time before you will become a pro at it.

How often should you bathe a newborn?

Many people avoid bathing the baby, till the umbilical stump has fallen off. If you feel the same, you can just sponge the baby for first couple of weeks.

Later too, you may choose to bathe your baby daily or on alternate days till yo are comfortable, as babies do not really get that dirty.

 

Bathing baby

 

How to sponge a newborn baby

Be very gentle when sponging a newborn baby.

  • Take warm water in a basin
  • Take a soft wash cloth
  • Dip the wash cloth in water and squeeze out extra water.
  • Now gently wipe baby’s body specially areas like face, neck, hands and bottom.

 

Do’s while bathing baby

  • Ensure baby is fed and comfortable. A hungry baby may not cooperate with you when giving bath.
  • Accumulate all bathing accessories before you get the baby ready for bath :
  • If you are not comfortable using a baby bath tub or basin, you may use a baby bather specifically meant for bathing babies. This bather ensures that baby can lay easily and safely and you do not have to worry about holding the little boy while putting soap and poring water at the same time.

Click on the image to see the baby bather on amazon.

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    • Warm water in a tub / basin
    • A gentle baby soap (Johnson & Johnson and Himalaya are quite popular in India), though you can get many imported brands in India now.  See Himalaya Refreshing Baby Soap review

 

    • Baby oil for massage
    • No-tears shampoo

    • Towels – hooded or otherwise

    • Wash-cloths

    • Clean clothing to put on after bathing

  • Make sure, there is no draft where you are bathing your baby. Check the temperature of the water with your elbow.
  • Undress your baby completely, massage baby with oil of your choice.

What is the right way to massage baby?

  • Gently lower the baby into tub/basin.
  • Hold the baby firmly.
  • Use your hands or a soft wash-cloth to apply soap and wash it off with water.
  • There is no need to apply any soap on face. Wash gently using a soft wash cloth.
  • Pay special attention to genital area.

 

Don’ts while bathing baby

  • Never leave the baby unattended in water

  • Never put baby in bath before checking the temperature of the water with your elbow.

  • Do not give a bath just before or after a meal, as it can cause spitting up due to pressure on stomach due to bath.

 

How to wash hair while bathing baby

Some babies are born with a mop of hair and some with no hair for many months to come. However, it important to take care of baby’s crowning glory. There is no need to shampoo baby’s hair every day. Once of twice a week is enough. You may want to wash upto three times a week in case baby has cradle cap

Use a no-tears shampoo or a gentle soap to wash baby’s head.

You can wash hair every second or third day, as it does not get dirty as much.

Use a spray nozzle if you have one. You may also use this shampoo visor/ shower cap which guards the eyes from flowing water and shampoo.

 

After bath, towel dry gently and wrap the baby in a towel and dress.

 

 

Is it OK to use talcum powder after bathing baby

It has been a common practice to apply baby talcum powder after bath. However, experts these days recommend not using talcum powder on babies. If baby inhales powder by mistake, it can be dangerous.

Cornflour-based powder can be used sparingly, if required.

Do you follow these do’s and don’t while bathing your baby? What supplies do you use for bathing baby?

Baby Crying(colic)

 Colicky baby

Colic is defined by doctors as a condition where an otherwise healthy baby cries inconsolably for 3 or more hours for 3 or more days a week. This condition usually starts at around 6 weeks and peaks at around 3 month, after which it will get better. It usually disppears at around 6 months, but in rare cases can last upto 12 months. Crying happens at a particular time of the day, usually the early evening/ afternoon.

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