Scientific Ways Of Raising Babies Help Them Develop Well

Scientific Ways Of Raising Babies Help Them Develop Well

Richy PS
14:302024/04/03

1. How to feed a newborn in the first 7 days

In the first 7 days after birth, babies usually sleep a lot and only wake up when they are hungry or have a wet diaper. This is an important time because if not properly cared for, children can be in danger of their health, even at risk of death.

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Newborns often sleep a lot.

The most important thing during this period is to keep the baby warm. Mothers should let their children lie next to them to transmit warmth to them. This is also a way to help mothers quickly recognize unusual signs in their children and handle them promptly. Furthermore, letting the baby lie close to the mother also helps connect the sacred mother-child relationship. If a child is left cold or hypothermic, bacteria and viruses can easily attack and cause many diseases for the child.

When children are not provided with nutrition like when they were still in the mother's womb, they will easily get hungry and cold. Therefore, in the first 7 days after birth, the baby also needs to be provided with adequate nutrition to have enough energy to warm the body and help withstand the weather outside. Mothers should breastfeed their babies as soon as possible. You should breastfeed your baby as soon as he or she needs it, and should not follow certain mealtime regulations.

According to nutrition experts, colostrum is the main food and also the best source of nutrition for children. Colostrum also contains many white blood cells that help kill gastrointestinal bacteria. Therefore, mothers should take advantage of this so that their children can eat colostrum. Some studies suggest that babies who are fed colostrum immediately after birth will reduce the risk of diarrhea and pneumonia.
During the first 7 days of age, the baby has some physiological symptoms such as meconium, odorless or dark green stools, with a thick consistency, etc. If more than 2 days pass, the mother does not see these symptoms. If the child shows signs of jaundice, choking when feeding, difficulty breathing, paleness, crying a lot, lethargy, etc., you need to take your child for a check-up as soon as possible.

For cases where the baby is premature or underweight but has no unusual symptoms, the baby will continue to be monitored at the medical facility until the doctor orders discharge. When they return home, these children also need special monitoring and care.

2. How to raise a newborn baby until he or she turns 1 month old

Below are instructions on how to feed a newborn baby until he or she turns 1 month old to ensure healthy development:

2.1. Feed your baby properly

Breast milk is the best source of nutrition for your baby. Experts recommend that mothers should breastfeed their babies until they are 1 year old. To ensure enough milk for the baby, mothers need to supplement adequate and scientific nutrition. Breastfeeding a lot is also a way to stimulate more milk secretion.

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When breastfeeding, mothers must also note the following:
* The child is still too young, so the child's reflexes when eating are also poor, so the mother needs to support the child and breastfeed properly to avoid vomiting, spitting up milk, etc. These are very easy phenomena to encounter. And if not handled properly, it can be dangerous for children.
* After feeding the baby, the mother should hold the baby standing for a few minutes, cup her hand and pat the baby's back gently. Note, do not apply to 7 days old because the baby's spine and neck are not yet stiff. When your child sleeps, you should let your child's head be a little higher or let them lie on their side to prevent suffocation.
* Mothers absolutely do not let newborn babies under a month sleep in a prone position.

2.2. Clean the navel and bathe the baby

In the first month of life, the baby is at high risk of infection through the navel. Therefore, a special thing to pay attention to when raising newborn babies is that parents need to take care of their baby's navel every day. This is important and mandatory work.
This job is not too complicated. Mothers should use physiological saline to clean their baby's navel immediately after bathing. After that, you need to dry the baby's navel and be careful not to apply anything on the baby's navel. The umbilical cord should not be covered by a bandage, but should be left open to help the baby quickly lose the umbilical cord.

Bathing your baby

Bathe your child properly.

Parents also need to note that before bathing their child, they need to prepare enough clothes and diapers, towels, bath water,... to help the bathing process go faster and the child will be more comfortable. Get warm quickly after bathing.

Children should be bathed in a well-ventilated place. In particular, mothers should not apply oral experiences and bathe children with cool leaves. Because these leaves can cause allergies and affect children's health. It's best to use specialized soap for babies. After bathing, you need to dry your child's body before getting dressed. In cold weather, it is not necessary to bathe your baby every day.

2.3. Wear hats and diapers properly for children

The habit of constantly wearing hats for children is not good. The reason is that newborn babies often lose heat through their scalp. If you wear a hat continuously, your child will get hot, sweat a lot, itch and cry often, and it can even increase his body temperature, causing him to have a fever.
Therefore, mothers should only wear hats to cover their children's forehead at night or when going out. If the weather is hot, mothers should not wear a hat for their child during the day, but let the baby's head be ventilated.

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A newborn's immune system is still very weak

The issue of diapering is also very important in how to raise babies that any mother should learn. Many mothers believe that swaddling their babies tightly will help them avoid being startled, sleep better, and cry less. However, this is not correct. According to experts, swaddling tightly will force the child's hip joints to stretch forward, causing the child's legs to be misaligned, making the child hot and very uncomfortable.

2.4. Take care of your child's skin, eyes, tongue, nose  

* Do not let your baby's skin come into contact with cosmetics and irritating chemicals.
* Change diapers immediately after they are wet to avoid making your baby's skin red.
* Keep your child's skin appropriately moisturized.
* Clean children's eyes with physiological saline.
* Use a separate towel to wipe your baby's face.
* Clean your child's nose and tongue every day.

Parents need to note that the child's immune system is still very weak, so do not let many people hug and kiss the child to avoid bacterial infection. Children need to sunbathe and supplement vitamin D from the first day after birth. . If your child has a fever, you need to take him or her to the doctor early.