Adjusting to life with a newborn can be a little overwhelming at times, particularly if your new baby is your first child. The pediatricians at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT, share a few newborn care tips that will help you navigate the first few weeks of your child's life.
Pay attention to your baby's signals
Your baby may not be able to talk, but he or she can still communicate with you. It's more important to pay attention to your baby's signals than to follow a rigid schedule that may not be right for your baby. Although newborns usually drink about two to three ounces of breast milk or formula during a feeding, that number can vary depending on the baby. If your baby doesn't seem interested in drinking the full three ounces, don't try to force him or her to finish the bottle. Similarly, if your baby cries when you stop the feeding, he or she may still be hungry.
Check diapers frequently
A warm, moist diaper provides the perfect environment for the bacteria and fungi that cause diaper rash. Changing your baby's diaper frequently can help prevent diaper rash. After you remove the diaper, clean your child with a wipe or a moistened washcloth, then apply a zinc oxide barrier cream to protect your child's sensitive skin.
Know when to call the pediatrician
Your baby's first well-child visit should be scheduled for three to five days after birth. During well-child visits, we evaluate your child's growth and development and also provide vaccines that will protect your son or daughter from common diseases. Even minor illnesses can be severe in newborns who haven't yet developed strong immune systems. It's important to call our West Jordan, UT office if your baby has a fever of 100.4 F or higher, experiences diarrhea or vomiting, has difficulty breathing, has fewer than three wet diapers a day, or hasn't had a bowel movement after two days at home.
Do you have questions or concerns about your newborn's health? Call the pediatricians at Southwest Children's Clinic in West Jordan, UT at (801) 563-1975 to schedule an appointment.