Top tips for newborn care

Keeping your newborn baby safe from germs and illness can be a daunting task. We simplify the process with some top tips.

Your new bundle of joy has you wrapped around his little finger! You are so engrossed in admiring and playing with him, that sometimes you forget how challenging newborn care can be. But with a few hygienic practices followed daily, you can keep your baby safe from seasonal illnesses and other health issues.

We present simple but important newborn care tips –

* Wash your hands when approaching the baby.

Your hands touch the baby all the time, whether you are checking on them or changing their diaper. They should be completely free of germs so that you do not unwittingly pass on an infection to your baby. The number one tip in newborn care is to keep your hands clean and germ-free. The easiest way to do this is to wash them every time you are about to handle the baby – use an antibacterial liquid soap and dry your hands on a paper towel. Make sure to wash your hands with soap after handling the baby’s soiled diapers as well.

* Sanitise baby’s sleeping quarters.

Your baby will sleep a lot in the initial months of his life. Not only should the crib or cot be comfortable and cosy, it should also be scrupulously clean. Inspect the covering sheet for traces of faeces or urine that the baby has passed without your knowledge. An important newborn tip is to replace the bedding with freshly laundered one every alternate day, and air the mattress once every week. All bedding should be washed in doctor-approved antiseptic liquid only.

* Wash baby’s clothes, rattle and bottle in antiseptic liquid.

Like mentioned above, you need antiseptic liquid to wash all the items that your baby comes in contact with. These include the baby’s clothes, cloth diapers, rattle or other plastic and rubber toys, and also the feeding bottle. Use an antiseptic liquid that kills 99.9% germs and is extremely mild. You can prepare the bottle sanitising solution in a special plastic tin or container, mixing the liquid with boiling water.

* Have a sanitised diaper changing station.

Your baby will need to have the diaper changed many times a day. install a separate diaper changing station for them, where you can store their extra diapers, hand sanitiser for you, extra change of clothes, etc. Make sure to sanitise the station by wiping down with an antibacterial wipe once in the morning. You might need to sanitise it multiple times if the baby is suffering from dysentery or diarrhoea.

* Keep your baby’s things separate from the rest of the household.

Your baby will have clothes, diapers, a skull cap, booties, socks and little gloves, apart from toys, feeding bottle, nipple for the bottle, etc. All of these are items that are in regular contact with the baby and they must be completely hygienic for use. It is better to have a separate wardrobe to hold your baby’s belongings, so that they can be safely stored away free from contamination.

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