Week by Week

What do you need to know to care for your 2 week old baby?

By Medically reviewed by Dr. Duyen Le

Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

It has only been a week, but your newborn has already known that they can rely on you. By now, they can recognize your voice. Hearing your voice gives them comfort and the ability to adjust to the strange new world outside the womb. It also lets them know that they are not alone. So the more you talk to your baby, the better it is. Your baby may not understand your words, but your love and warmth is all they need.

In the second week, your baby is more likely able to lift their head slightly. It is always important to make sure the baby’s airway is not fully blocked when their face is lying down. Your baby’s eyes are still fuzzy and can see in the distance of 20 cm to 40 cm from eyes.

How to support my baby?

This is the time your baby has the awareness of surrounding environment. You should facilitate your baby to help them observe your identifying characteristics by looking at baby in a short distance, you can do it in daily baby care. When breastfeeding, move your head from side to side and observe whether your baby watch over you. This exercise helps to increase eyes muscle of your baby. If your baby just glance at you, do not worry because baby usually has vague glance in the first few months.

Keep talking, communicating with your baby to stimulate them gradually get used to your voice and your presence. Above all, though not understanding what you say, they still can feel the overwhelming love in every word and action you take for them . This helps the baby feel safe and calm.

Health & Safety

What should I discuss with doctor?

You may suppose that your baby is healthy and do not need to go to see the doctor. However, in the second week, you should meet your doctor to do examine the followings:

  • Clean the airways by suctioning the baby’s nose, this can help to limit the status of vomitting and choking;
  • Antibiotic ointment investigation into your baby’s eyes to prevent gonorrhea or parasitic infections;
  • Measure the height, head circumference to monitor the development of the baby.

What should I know?

Infant jaundice is a common condition, particularly in preterm babies and some breast-fed babies.

Infant jaundice is the yellow discoloration in a newborn baby’s skin and eyes. It usually occurs because a baby’s liver has not fully matured to properly get rid of bilirubin in the bloodstream.

Infant jaundice will first appear on the face, then the chest and stomach, and finally, the legs. It can also make the whites of a baby’s eyes look yellow. In babies with dark skin, you can observe the whites of a baby’s eyes and gum to know whether they have the illness. If you’re unsure, gently press the skin on your baby’s nose or forehead — if jaundice is present, the skin will appear yellow when you press your finger on your baby’s skin.

Your doctor will likely diagnose infant jaundice based on your baby’s appearance. However, your doctor will need to measure the level of bilirubin in your baby’s blood from the heel.

Most cases of newborn jaundice don’t require treatment and it will go away after 1 or 2 weeks. In some cases, more frequent feedings of breast milk or supplementing with formula to help infants pass the bilirubin in their stools also might be recommended.

For high levels of jaundice, phototherapy — treatment with a special light that helps release the bilirubin — may be used.

Do not worry if your baby has jaundice, always follow your doctor’s instructions so that your baby can be treated effectively.

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

In the first few weeks, most mothers concern about the baby’s weight. Does my baby have malnourished? Whether my baby has reached the correct standard weight? Why is she lighter in comparison to the other kids? Do not worry about those. There are several signs you can look for to reassure that your breastfed baby is getting enough what they need: you feel your chest is empty and lighter after feeding, your baby’s skin shows glow, firmness and elasticity as soon as you press down. If water is lost, baby’s skin will wrinkle before bouncing back when you press down.

Another way is that while breastfeeding, you can listen to how the baby swallows so you can know if they are enjoying the sweet milk. Besides, it is a good sign if your baby regularly gives out the yellow stools or black stools. In addition, you may need to change diapers about 5-8 times per day. If your baby is going through this, you can know that they have enough energy and essential nutrients.

Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle-feeding, remember that your baby’s growth rate will be different in each stage and they can have tended to slow down at certain times. If your baby is always full of energy, they can have fun, feel energetic and healthy and then they are growing well. If you have any concerns about your baby’s weight, contact your doctor for advice and answers. The doctor will give you advice and suggest appropriate nutrition for your baby.

You have made through week 2.  Don’t worry. You are not alone. We will be here to give you support next week, in week 3.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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