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What do you need to know to care for your 6 week old baby?

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Development & Behavior

How should my baby be developing?

Smiling is universal. So get ready for your baby to reward all your loving care with a beaming, toothless, just-for-you grin. This will probably make your heart melt. In the second week of the first month, your baby may have the ability to react in a certain way with the ring of bell, such as staring, crying or keep silent.

How to support my baby?

Most sleeping experts suggest putting your baby to bed while they are still awake, but drowsy. This will help themlearn to fall asleep on their own, a skill that will come in handy for you both when he wakes in the wee hours of the night. You can help your baby reach that milestone sooner by establishing healthy sleeping habits from the start, such as a bedtime routine with a calming bath, a baby massage, or a bedtime story. This routine also helps build the independent personality of baby.

Health & Safety

What should I discuss with my doctor?

Depending on the health of your child, the doctor will schedule the examining. However, if you take him to the doctor this week, please consult with your doctor about the following issues:

  • If your baby is gaining weight slowly or have any disease;
  • If you have any concerns arising in the past two weeks about health, behavior, your baby’s sleep, feeding problems.

What should I know?

Here are some things you should know about:

Baby’s nutrition

Do not worry if you cannot breastfeed. Bottle-fed babies, including your baby, are healthy, happy, and gaining adequate weight, if they are getting enough formula. Too much formula can lead to a too chubby baby which can also lead to other problems. If they have spitting up, abdominal pain or are gaining weight excessively, they might be taking too many ounces. Your baby’s pediatrician will be able to tell you how much formula they should be getting at each feeding.

Also, at this stage, the doctor may prescribe some vitamins and nutrients such as vitamin D and iron.

Sleeping position

When your parents were putting you to sleep, back was indeed the position of choice. Studies have shown that back sleepers have fewer fevers, fewer problems with nasal congestion, and fewer ear infections and are no more likely to spit-up during the night. Start your baby sleeping on his back right away, so that they’ll get used to and feel comfortable in that position from the beginning.

Baby’s breathing

A newborn’s normal breathing rate is about forty times each minute during waking hours; when your baby sleeps, however, it may slow down to as few as twenty times per minute. But what’s alarming you is how irregular an infant’s breathing pattern is while he or she is sleeping. Your baby might breathe fast, with repeated rapid and shallow breaths, lasting 15 to 20 seconds, and then pause usually for less than 10 seconds, and then, breathe again. This type of breathing pattern, called periodic breathing, is normal and is regulated by  your baby’s immature breathing control center in the brain.

Umbilical hygiene

Umbilical cord infection rarely happens, especially if you took care of the umbilical region and keep your baby clean and dry. If you noticed a reddening of the surrounding skin or umbilical cord or area from secretions from the bottom of the cord, especially when the umbilical cord odors, you should immediately take your baby to the doctor. If your baby has an infection, the doctor will prescribe antibiotics for him. The umbilical cord usually dries out and falls off within one or two weeks after the baby was born. When the umbilical cord falls off, you may notice a little blood or a small amount of liquid such as blood flows. This is totally normal and do not need to worry about. However, if the cord does not close completely and does not dry within two weeks after the umbilical cord falls off, let’s take your baby to the doctor for care and timely help.

My Concerns

What I am concerned about?

Here are some things you may be concerned about:

Baby’s sleep

Perhaps nothing is happier than watching your little angel sleeping. However, if your baby falls asleep in your arms while you are still have other things to do, you should move your baby to bed gently then wait ten minutes until they are in deep sleep, then try:

  • Put your baby on a high mattress. For the first few weeks, use a crib substitute such as a carriage, bassinet, or cradle, all of which may be easier to lift a baby into and out of.
  • Reduce the light in baby’s room.
  • The longer the distance between the place where baby falls asleep and the place where you are going to put him down, the more opportunity for him to awaken on the way. So feed or rock him as close to the cradle or crib as possible.
  • Feed or rock baby in whichever arm which will allow you to put him in the crib most easily.
  • Watch over your baby.
  • Sing some lullaby.

Crying

In the second week of the first month, your baby may still cry. Some solutions may eventually be useful for you. Instead of trying many different methods to coax the baby, you should try a certain way at a time. Try each method before you move on to another one. Here are a few tricks you can try at the next time the crying starts:

  • Don’t worry about spoiling your baby by responding promptly. And more attention doesn’t lead to increased dependency. So hold your baby and sooth them when they cry.
  • Assess the situation. Before deciding your baby is crying just for crying’s sake, determine if there’s a simple and remediable underlying cause.
  • Get close. Research has shown that babies who are carried in the arms or in a baby carrier for at least three hours every day cry less than babies who aren’t carried as often.
  • Being tightly wrapped is very comforting to some young infants, during times of colicky distress.
  • Give a cuddle. Cuddling gives many babies a sense of security.
  • Add a little pressure orany position that applies gentle pressure to baby’s abdomen, which can relieve discomfort that might be contributing to the crying.
  • Breastfeeding or pacifier.
  • Start fresh. Hand baby over to another pair of arms for a fresh start.
  • Seek fresh air to comfort your baby.
  • Control air. Be sure to burp baby frequently during feedings to expel swallowed air.
  • Be entertaining.
  • Excise excitement.
  • Do a diet check. Be sure your baby isn’t crying because of hunger.
  • Check with the doctor.
  • Look for relief. Take advantage of any and every possibility for sharing the burden.

You have made through week 6.  Don’t worry. You are not alone. We will be here to give you support next week, in week 7.

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

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