You’ve gone through 9 months and 10 days of pregnancy, labor, and birth to welcome a lovely baby girl or boy, and now it’s time to start being a mother and taking care of your baby.
Newborn babies will be exposed to a completely different external environment than in the womb. Hot and cold weather, different types of sounds, etc. not only affect the health of children but also create fear and make them cry often. Therefore, in order to best protect the health and development of the child, the mother must know how to take care of the newborn properly.
- It’s completely normal for a 1-month-old baby to sleep a lot.
Babies under 1 month old sleep most of the day. Because sleep will help children accumulate enough energy and prepare for growth and development, babies only wake up when there is a need to drink milk or change wet diapers. However, if parents notice that the baby is sleeping too much, they should wake the baby up every 2-3 hours to feed him. Because if you sleep for more than 4-5 hours without getting enough milk, your baby will have a lack of energy, affecting the child’s development.
- Meconium will be passed by the baby within one day of birth.
Meconium is dark green and thick. If, after 1 day after birth, the newborn has not passed meconium, you should immediately notify the doctor for examination and timely treatment. This is an abnormal sign.
- Always keep the baby’s body warm.
At birth, babies must learn to breathe and adjust their skin temperature to the environment. Therefore, children will need a lot of time to get used to the environment. Mothers should always pay attention to keeping the baby’s body warm. If children are cold, it is not good for babies.
- Colostrum is an antibody for babies.
Colostrum is breast milk secreted during the first 7 days after birth. In colostrum, there are more than 4,000 white blood cells per cm3, and the IgA content is thousands of times higher than that of normal milk. These substances aid in the prevention of harmful bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract.