Frequently Asked Questions by New Moms
Taking your newborn baby home can be both thrilling and challenging, most especially for new moms. You are on your own now, and you worry that you are not doing the best for your baby. That is why most new moms resort to visiting their trusted pediatrician to get the answers they need. But these visits can be too much—not to mention, costly.
How should I care for my baby’s umbilical cord stump? What are the signs of infection?
There is only one rule to avoid infection: keep it dry and clean. Wrap the baby’s tummy with a clean piece of cloth, particularly when giving the baby a sponge bath.
The cord is expected to fall off a week or a couple of weeks after birth. When it already does, use rubbing alcohol twice a day to sanitize the area. However, if you notice a foul odor or any redness on the area, see your pediatrician immediately.
Should I be worried if my baby’s skin is turning yellow?
Yellow discoloration on your baby’s skin is called infant jaundice. Jaundice is a common concern among newborns, specifically for babies who are breastfed and are born before thirty-eight weeks gestation. If your baby’s skin and eyes appear yellow, if he’s not eating well, if he’s losing weight, and if he sleeps all the time, take him to your doctor immediately.
But if an older infant’s skin is turning yellow, it could be because of the condition called carotenemia, caused by eating foods that are high in beta-carotene, like carrots, sweet potatoes, and chicken.
Should I sterilize my newborn’s pacifiers and bottles after every single use?
Ideally, yes. But since it is not realistic, you can sterilize everything at night, overnight, to kill all the viruses and bacteria. But remember that good hygiene and frequent hand-washing is just as essential as sterilizing.
Do I have to give my newborn a bath every single day?
No. As a matter of fact, frequent bathing dries up your baby’s skin and may lead to a skin rash. Wash your baby with a sponge bath until his or her cord has completely dried up and the stump falls off. When the umbilical cord has healed, you may give your newborn a bath once, or a couple of times a week.
Will my baby ever “sleep through the night”?
It will happen, but not anytime soon. Initially, you will have to feed your newborn every couple of hours. By the second month, infants sleep for up to five hours before waking up for their next feed.