Infant Care

You have delivered the baby - but where is the instruction manual?

Parenthood is a huge learning curve. You have been preparing for your baby's arrival for 9 months, but no matter how hard you studied during your pregnancy, you may still feel completely unprepared once you are holding your new infant. The following section has some useful information on the basics of caring for a newborn, covering areas such as bath time, immunizatons, teething and diapers.

bathtime

Bathtime

Bathing a newborn is one of the scariest jobs for new parents. Babies are slippery, squirmy and usually crying, which makes for a nerve-wracking experience. Rest assured, practice makes perfect and soon both baby and parents will grow to love their bath time!

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Immunizations

Routine immunizations begin at 2 months of age and continue throughout your baby's life. The majority of immunizations are given prior to 5 years of age and will protect your child against 13 vaccine preventable diseases.

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Recognizing signs of illness

Knowing when your baby is sick and when to seek medical attention can be difficult for new parents. You may fear the doctor will think you are foolish or overly paranoid for bringing your baby in if it turns out there is nothing wrong. The only thing you need to remember is – if you are in doubt about your baby’s health, go get it checked out.

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Teething

Teething

When your baby is teething saliva production is increased, causing certain things such as drooling, rashes, irritability and loose stools. Teething babies tend to be irritable because the swallowed saliva can give them an unsettled stomach and loose stools.

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