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India has ramped up its Covid-19 vaccination drive. Adults between the ages of 18 to 45 years have been eligible to get the vaccine since May 1st, 2021. If you’re in this age group and currently breastfeeding your baby, you’re probably wondering whether you can take the vaccine too.

 

Read on to find out the latest developments regarding the Covid vaccine for breastfeeding moms in India.

 

Should Breastfeeding Moms get the Covid Vaccine?

As per current guidelines in India, lactating women who are breastfeeding infants, can take the Covid-19 vaccine. This includes women who are feeding their children pumped breast milk.

 

What has Changed?

Until May 2021, lactating women were not cleared to take the Covid-19 vaccine. In early May, the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (NTAGI) submitted a new recommendation to the Government that all lactating women should be allowed to take the Covid-19 vaccine. 

 

As of May 20, the Government has authorised this recommendation. Lactating women are officially eligible to take the vaccine in India.

 

Is the Vaccine Safe?

Both the vaccines available in India i.e. AstraZeneca's Covishield®, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India,  and Covaxin®, manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited, have undergone clinical trials in 2 phases. They have received Emergency Use Authorization, because they are deemed safe for injection. The Sputnik vaccine manufactured in Russia has also been approved for use in India. All the vaccines provide good protection against the Covid-19 disease - either by preventing infection or preventing progression into a severe state of the disease.

 

Initially, lactating women were not included in the clinical trials for the 2 vaccines,  thus possible effects of the vaccines on breastfeeding women and their babies were not known - including the safety of the vaccines for lactating women, the effects of the vaccine on the breastfed infant, and on the mother’s milk production. 

 

However, new data has shown that the vaccines are unlikely to have a harmful effect on mother or infant. As Dr NK Arora, Chairman of the NTAGI, explains to India Today, the vaccine does not contain a live virus and will not harm the breastfed baby. He adds that the WHO also recommends that lactating women should be vaccinated.

 

In countries like the UK and the US, the Covid-19 vaccine is already being taken by breastfeeding mothers, as it does not have a negative effect on breastfed infants. Bringing the pandemic to an end is understood to depend on the maximum number of people getting vaccinated. Allowing lactating women to take the vaccine will help protect them, their infants, and those around them, from infection.

 

Dr Arora also adds that in several cases, when mothers are vaccinated against various diseases, their babies also receive antibodies through the breast milk. However, it is not yet known whether this is also true for the Covid vaccines available in India. 

 

What Should I Do Now?

Now that the guidelines have been updated to allow the Covid vaccine for breastfeeding moms in India, your best course of action is to take the vaccine as soon as possible. You may consult with your doctor before you register yourself for the vaccine, to discuss your particular case or any of your concerns. 

 

You will be able to register yourself for vaccination on the CoWIN platform, and book your slot at the nearest available health centre. You may have a choice between Covishield, Covaxin, or the new Sputnik vaccine, depending on availability. You can take your 1st dose immediately, and your 2nd dose after some weeks, depending on the vaccine.

 

Upon taking the 1st or 2nd dose, you may experience side effects such as mild headache, mild fever, pain or swelling at the injection site, or irritability. These side effects should disappear in a few days. Do contact your doctor if side-effects persist beyond a few days, are very severe or unusual.

 

Remember, after your 1st or even 2nd dose, there are chances of infection with the Covid-19 virus, even though severe illness is unlikely. To protect yourself, your baby, and those around you, you must continue to practice all precautionary measures - including wearing masks, hand hygiene and social distancing.

 

Besides getting yourself vaccinated at the earliest, do encourage your partner, parents or anyone living at home with you to do so too. This will ensure that your entire family and household is safe.

 

In a situation like the Covid-19 pandemic, changes are ongoing and new developments and guidelines are being announced all the time - so it goes for the Covid vaccine for breastfeeding moms in India. Now that the guidelines have been changed, go ahead and get the vaccine as soon as you can, and help end the pandemic in India.


 

Covid-19 May 26, 2021 |  read

Covid Vaccine for Breastfeeding Moms in India

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Covid-19

New Government Issued Guidelines for Managing Kids with Covid

Anticipating an intermittent surge in the number of Covid cases in the months to come once lockdown protocols are lifted and schools are reopened, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has rolled out a new set of guidelines on 9th June 2021 and a revised version on 16th June 2021 dictating how to deal with covid cases in children who are below 18 years of age. 

 

While the guidelines clearly state that "Children have less severe disease than adults. In the majority, the infection is asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic. It is uncommon to have moderate to severe Covid among healthy children," nevertheless you need to be prepared. We know how scary and uncertain the times are, but do not panic. Take the necessary precautions to ensure the safety and well being of your kid(s). We are here to break down these guidelines for you so you can equip yourself with correct information and act accordingly if the need arises. 

 

Which drugs to use and which ones to avoid?

Drugs that are prescribed to adult patients of Covid-19 like Ivermectin, Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), Favipiravir and Antibiotics such as Doxycycline and Azithromycin should not be administered to children. This is so because these drugs have not yet been tested for their effectiveness in the prevention or cure of Covid-19 in children. The guidelines also strictly prohibit the use of the antiviral drug Remdesivir for children suffering from Covid-19. Anti-fever drugs such as Paracetamol and basic throat smoothening agents can be given to mildly symptomatic children. Antimicrobial drugs should not be administered to children unless there’s evidence or strong suspicion of superadded bacterial infection and the condition of the child is quite serious. However, do not administer antimicrobials or steroids or anti-coagulants unless it is prescribed by a doctor. 

 

How to handle asymptomatic cases?

According to the guidelines, if your child is asymptomatic then you can take care of them in your house. Keep them in isolation and make sure they follow all precautions like wearing masks and frequently washing their hands. You don’t need to give them any medication but ensure that they’re eating nutritious food and drinking lots of fluids. Take care of them and allow them to communicate with friends and relatives via video calls and chats so that they feel happy and content. 

 

How to handle symptomatic cases?

For mildly symptomatic cases, you can give basic anti fever drugs that have been prescribed by the doctor, to your kids and keep a note of their oxygen levels. Check if they feel weakness or have trouble breathing, consult a doctor if their symptoms escalate. All the while, it is very important that you keep your kid hydrated and feed them highly nutritious food. If your kid is old enough to gargle, let them do it frequently with saline water. 

 

The guidelines clearly state that HRCT is to be done only if the symptoms are worsening. In serious cases as such, please make sure that your kid has immediate  access to oxygen therapy and get them admitted to a hospital where their fluid and electrolyte balance can be maintained. Let the doctors take it from there. Under such a situation, you have to stay strong for your kid and keep motivating them. 

 

The most important thing to do in these trying times is to not lose hope. Follow these basic guidelines issued by the government and continue being a pillar of strength that your child/children can rely on. Make sure your kids are wearing masks, regularly washing their hands, eating a nutritious diet, and staying hydrated. 


 

June 18, 2021 |  read

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Getting Pregnant

Ready to be Pregnant: Pre Pregnancy Diet and Exercise Plan

If you are trying to conceive, you must have come across every other person you meet  suggesting the food to eat or things to do to ensure pregnancy. But too many suggestions are difficult to keep track of. There must be a thousand questions running through your mind: What should I eat? What should my ideal weight be? What is healthy for the baby? Worry not! We have mapped out everything you need to know about your pre pregnancy diet and exercise plan to assist a healthy conception.

 

Antioxidants

Women trying to conceive are recommended to eat food rich in antioxidants like folic acid and zinc. Such food is known to deactivate the free radicals in the body which damages the gametes. Folic acid has vitamins which reduce the baby’s risk of neural tube birth defects thus, reducing the incidence of heart attacks, cancer, strokes, and diabetes.

Food to eat: Dark green leafy vegetables like spinach or kale, nuts, citrus fruits, whole grains, legumes, cereals etc. One can also take prenatal vitamins or a supplement to increase folic acid intake.

(What to Eat to Get Pregnant: Conception Diet, 2020)

 

Omega 3S

Omega 3S is beneficial for the baby’s eye development while reducing your risk of preterm birth, preeclampsia and depression. Moreover, your body does not make Omega 3S which is why it is more important to consume food rich in the same.

Food to eat: Coldwater fatty fish like salmon, low mercury fish such as tuna, shrimp or catfish.

(Trying to Conceive - North County Health Services, 2020)

 

Dairy

Consumption of low-fat dairy products enhances the chances of getting pregnant as it reduces the risk of ovulatory infertility. If you are trying to conceive, it is recommended to have at least one or two servings of whole milk in a day to ensure your calcium and protein intake.

 

Fruits and Vegetables

Studies have found that watermelon and asparagus are essential for the supply of glutathione in the body which has a direct impact on the egg quality. Pineapple, on the other hand, is rich in beta-carotene, which keeps your hormones at a steady level and helps to prevent miscarriage. Moreover, it has bromelain which supports implantation because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

Other fruits and vegetables you can include in your diet are cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables etc. which provide the essential nutrients and antioxidants to decrease inflammation in the body. Kale contains elements necessary for estrogen metabolism.

You may prepare fresh fruit or vegetable juices like that of goji berries which contain phytochemicals beneficial for fertility. It is a good idea to roast vegetables in high heat for some time without water to avoid any nutrient loss. (17 Natural Ways to Boost Fertility, 2020)

 

Fibre

While trying to conceive, it is important to ensure that you include fibre in your diet.  This is because fibre reduces excess hormones and keeps your blood sugar level balanced. On average, a woman is recommended to have 25 gms of fibre per day. This would help in the reduction of ovulatory infertility among women older than 32 years.

Food to eat: Avocados, sweet potatoes, fruits, oats, whole grains, beans etc.

 

Water

It goes without saying that the intake of the due amount of water can be quite helpful to avoid any hassle during conception. Water helps to thin out cervical mucus making it easier for the sperm to reach the egg cells. Moreover, it carries oxygen and nutrients to the cells, tissues and organs.

 

What else should I look for?

While a nutritious and balanced diet is vital to maintain healthy fertility, you would also need to keep a track of your weight. A pre pregnancy diet and exercise plan is essential for this. What may not be of common knowledge is the fact that obesity or being overweight significantly reduces the chances of being pregnant and having a healthy baby. Here, your BMI has an important role to play. Ideally, a BMI of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy to start trying for pregnancy.

(Weight and Fertility, 2020)

 

How can overweight affect fertility?

Being overweight, that is having BMI more than 25, can have a considerable number of implications if you are trying to be pregnant. More often than not, it causes hormonal imbalances and menstrual disorders. Problems with ovulation are not uncommon either. With more fat cells in the body, more estrogen is released which can cause the body to react as if already pregnant. This prevents ovulation and thus a monthly period cycle.

If you are planning to opt for an assisted reproductive technique, being overweight can cause a few hitches and reduce your chances of getting pregnant through any fertility treatments.

Besides, obesity is one of the common causes of PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome) which may result in infertility.

(Weight, fertility, and pregnancy, 2020)

Thus, it helps significantly to know what you should and should not be including in your diet to have a healthy start and have a pre pregnancy diet and exercise plan in place. A nutritious and balanced diet is quite vital for maintaining the appropriate BMI. Additionally, you can keep tracking your menstrual cycle to time your conception. Talk to your doctor and keep checking up regularly on your ovulation cycle.


 

March 05, 2021 |  read

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Pregnancy

Foods to avoid during pregnancy and why

Pregnancy is a time of joy, but also a time to follow some rules and guidelines. While consuming a few extra calories comes as an added advantage, there are some foods to avoid during pregnancy. Of course, there are scientific reasons behind why you should avoid these foods. Continue reading to know all about it.

 

Say No to Raw Egg

There are chances of raw eggs being infected with Salmonella, a type of bacteria which can cause you problems like vomiting, nausea and fever. It might also cause your uterus to cramp which might result in the premature birth of your baby. Thus, always consume your eggs after thoroughly cooking them and avoid any food products like lightly scrambled eggs, homemade mayo etc. which might contain raw egg or its components in them.

 

Undercooked Meat? Inedible

Although meat is a great source of nutrients, raw or undercooked meat isn’t good for you and your baby when you are pregnant. They could be hosts to several bacteria and parasites which can bring up ailments like epilepsy, neurological illnesses, and blindness in your child and diarrhoea and dehydration for you. You should also add cold cuts or processed meats to the list of foods to avoid during pregnancy.

 

No Sushi

Fish like Tuna, Swordfish, and Mackerel contain large amounts of mercury in them and should hence not be consumed when you are pregnant. It can cause serious problems for your baby. You can consume seafood which doesn’t contain mercury, but they should be fully cooked and not to be consumed raw. The bacteria in uncooked fish can cause Listeria, an infection which can be very dangerous for your baby.

 

No Unripe Papaya!

Although fruits are healthy, raw papayas are an exemption. They contain a milky liquid called latex in high amounts which can trigger contractions of the uterus. Hence, it is better to steer clear from papaya during pregnancy.

 

Nothing Unpasteurized

Be it milk, cheese or juice, if it is unpasteurized then it isn’t a healthy item to consume. Unpasteurized dairy can contain several bacteria like Listeria, E Coli and Salmonella which can prove to be fatal for your baby. Make it a point to consume pasteurized products and always boil your milk before drinking.

 

Cook Your Sprouts

Sprouts are said to be great sources of proteins, but do not consume them raw. The humid conditions in which seeds sprout helps the growth of Salmonella which are difficult to get rid off easily while washing. It is a safer option to cook sprouts well before eating.

 

Stop Eating Street Food

Street food is everybody’s favourite but unfortunately belongs in the category of foods to avoid during pregnancy. Chaats like pani puri, samosa and bhel puri are heavy on spices and are not ideal for the consumption of pregnant ladies. As there is no way to perform a quality check on ingredients used in their preparation, foods like kathi rolls and chowmein should also be avoided. Do not eat Indo-Chinese street food as it contains ajinomoto or Monosodium Glutamate which can put your baby at risk. 

 

Cut Down on Caffeine

You don’t have to give up your morning cup of coffee or occasional soda, but you have to manage the quantity. It is advised that pregnant women should not consume more than 200 mg of caffeine per day. The caffeine you consume passes on through the placenta to your fetus that doesn’t have the necessary enzymes to break it down. Thus, it can lead to a number of complications like low birth weight and SIDS in the baby and in the pregnant woman it can exacerbate insulin resistance which could cause gestational diabetes.

 

Definitely Ditch the Wine (and all other alcoholic beverages)

This one goes without saying, but consumption of alcohol during pregnancy is strictly prohibited. Even the smallest amount can have adverse effects on the baby which includes still birth or miscarriage and that is why you should stay away from alcohol until your baby is born. Do not consume alcohol if you are breastfeeding. Wait for the green signal from your doctor before you start to consume alcohol again.

 

Seed Safety

Fenugreek seeds used in everyday Indian cooking can induce uterine contractions if consumed in large amounts. Although these seeds are known as a potential galactogogue during breast feeding they should be avoided in large doses during pregnancy.

 

Other Tips

Avoid consuming any junk or processed food. You should also not consume organ meats in large quantities and do not eat any fruits or vegetables without washing them first as it can result in a number of infections.

As every pregnant woman’s body is different, your doctor might ask you to keep away from some other food items especially if you are prone to allergies. To avoid any confusion, it is advised to discuss your diet plan with your doctor as soon as you get pregnant.


 

April 09, 2021 |  read

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Pregnancy

Top 10 Signs of Pregnancy

So you think you might be pregnant? It’s a bit of a guessing game until you know for sure. Caught yourself googling 'signs of pregnancy' yet? (We're just going to assume the answer to that is a resounding yes). Well, if every twinge and pang is keeping you preoccupied, and you are wondering if they mean anything, you're in luck. So that you know exactly what to look out for, here’s a scoop on the early signs of pregnancy, from the obvious to the, frankly, pretty weird ones. While some pregnancy symptoms are no-brainers (missed period, anyone?) there are a few that you may not be aware of. Let us see how many you tick off.

 

Missing a Period

Let’s start with the obvious one. Missing a period! Women whose menstrual cycle is a regular one, will miss a period around about 4 weeks after their last one, which means that you will be about four weeks pregnant. 

 

Nausea

Another really obvious one is nausea. It is a bit of a misnomer to call it morning sickness, as it’s really all-day sickness! Professionals tend to call it ‘pregnancy sickness’. Bollywood loves to use this one where the woman gets up in the morning and rushes straight to the washroom. If only it was that simple! Really what is happening is that the hormone HCG is growing in your system and this causes you to feel sick. It starts around the 6th week, and usually ends around about the 13th week, but for some, it can last longer. 

 

Implantation

One of the ones you may not know is implantation. It is supposed to be a short sharp pain, in your lower abdomen. The pain that you are feeling is basically the fertilised egg implanting in the wall of your womb. It feels like a pinching sensation, but not everyone gets that symptom. 

 

Implantation Bleeding

The next one is linked to the last one – implantation bleeding happens to some women. This bleeding is not heavy, fresh, red bleeding, but brown or pink when they wipe the region. This is the egg implanting in the wall of the uterus. The bit of the wall of the uterus that it is implanted into then comes away and what you have is bleeding. Usually it is light, so women tend to mistake it for the start of their period. 

 

Tiredness

Next one is the most common physical symptom of them all - extreme tiredness. This starts around when you miss your period and goes all the way up to the 13th week. This is not the kind where you feel like going to bed half an hour early, instead, it is all consuming, absolutely crashing-on-the-sofa by the end of the day tiredness. This is due to your changing hormones. 

 

Sore Breasts

Another one, which is again common, is sore breasts. They may feel heavy, sore or tender. Some women describe it as a tingling sensation, yet others say it is a pinching sensation behind the nipples. Your body and your boobs are responding to progesterone, the "pro- gestation" hormone. 

 

Backache

Another symptom is having a backache, often confused with the start of a period pain. This is the hormone relaxing going through your system and relaxing every muscle. But it can throw your back out!

 

Cervical Mucus

Then there is another sign which is slightly on the graphic side – cervical mucus. When you are pregnant, initially you start to get lots of thin, sticky, cervical mucus. However, as you advance, the progesterone in your body builds, and makes it much thicker and stickier. Delightful! This can start at any point. Your hormones are always producing discharge, but you might notice this quite soon after you miss your period. The discharge will continue all the way through your pregnancy, but it will change in the way it looks as time goes on. 

 

Heightened Sense of Smell

Next one is a heightened sense of smell. It means you have the snout of a dog and can smell things at 20 paces. Usually the biggest culprits are milk, eggs and the smell of cooking, especially the "tadka". A lot of women say they have a funny taste in their mouths in early pregnancy, which is called dysgeusia. This is usually down to your progesterone again, coming back to give you a kick in the bump! Dizziness is also very common and linked to the previous sign. The progesterone dilates your blood vessels, which means that your blood pressure drops, and can make you feel light headed and dizzy.  

 

Difference in Skin

A lot of women describe their skin being different whilst they are pregnant. In the early stages, you might notice that your skin goes bad, full of pimples, or you might find that it actually gets a lot better. Women tend to go one way or the other. However, it is down to the hormones once again and it usually passes around week 13. 

 

As you have probably guessed, a lot of these are like the start of your period. If you are unsure, it is recommended that you run a pregnancy test and see your doctor. A lot of physical and psychological changes are bound to occur which a health specialist can help analyse.

 

February 10, 2021 |  read

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Covid-19

Can I Get Covid-19 Vaccine During Periods?

Social media and WhatsApp have been flooded with messages ever since the government declared that people between the age of 18-45 years can get the vaccine from May 1, 2021. But with that, came many rumors. You might have received one of those forwarded messages which advise you against taking the Covid-19 vaccine during your menstrual cycle or five days before and after your cycle. It is understandable if those texts got you concerned but let’s debunk those myths and get to the facts. Can you really get the Covid-19 vaccine during your period?

 

First of all, before you believe a message or any crucial piece of information, check if it is a hearsay or it has been cited through a valid source. None of the health agencies such as the World Health Organization, ICMR, CDC etc. have claimed or suggested any relation between the vaccine taking a toll during menstruation. The Ministry of Health and Family Affairs did not mention any such contraindication on women under menstrual cycle to avoid vaccination.

 

The Science Behind Your Periods

Menstruation is the monthly vaginal bleeding that occurs in a person with a uterus and ovaries. Typically, the cycle occurs every 28 days but it can vary according to the person, their diet and their metabolism.

 

Every month, the body prepares for pregnancy which occurs on fertilization of an egg and a sperm. This is done by thickening the lining of your uterus. In case of the failure of fertilization, the body sheds the thicker lining which it no longer requires, along with blood from your vagina. This is the period that you get every month.

 

The Claim

The claim of the social media rumors has been that since the immunity of a woman is low during her menses, she must not get vaccinated during her menstrual cycle.

 

Fact Check

Your menstrual cycle is a natural and physiological method of your body shedding the womb lining every month, if no fertilization has occurred. Therefore, due to no relation between the immunity of the body and your period cycle, there would be no lowering of immunity during your period.

 

Secondly, if you look at any other vaccination, there has been no suggestion to avoid taking any vaccines during your periods. So, why should you avoid taking the Covid-19 vaccine either?

 

No research has concluded to suggest that the menstrual cycle is affected after the vaccination.

 

The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology has declared that there has been no evidence found, yet to suggest that Covid-19 vaccine affects fertility.

 

The hearsay has had its roots from a few cases of menstrual irregularity being faced by women after taking the vaccine. However, researchers explain that the same should be considered as like any other vaccine side-effects such as a mild fever. This means that your immune system is being activated and just as the mild fever does not pose any threat or permanent complications in your body, neither will the vaccine.

 

Doctors and researchers have taken over twitter and other such social media handles to assuage people of the said claim and state the facts of the question, if you can get Covid-19 vaccine during periods.

 

According to the World Health Organization, there have been people with certain health issues that are advised against getting the vaccine. Additionally, if your immune system is compromised, you have a history of allergies to any vaccine or are pregnant or lactating, do consult your doctor before you get a dosage of the vaccine.

 

Conclusion

 When it comes to the question of if you can get vaccinated during your periods, the answer is in the affirmative. Yes, you can!

 

The side-effects accompanying the vaccine are absolutely normal and nothing to worry about. However, if any reaction or symptoms experienced are severe instead of mild, please notify your doctor immediately. Moreover, know that it takes about two weeks for the body to develop your immunity against the virus after the two dosages. Essentially, any vaccine helps our bodies to develop antibodies that would fight off the virus. The body produces T-lymphocytes and B-lymphocytes which remember the process of fighting the virus in the future. However, as already mentioned, it takes about two weeks for the body to develop immunity and if, within the said period, the body comes into contact with the virus, they may get sick as there was not enough time for the vaccine to build immunity.

 

Therefore, any side effects of mild fever or irregularity in your menstrual cycle are normal and nothing to worry about.


 

May 24, 2021 |  read

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Babies

Daily Care Routine for Newborn

With a newborn baby in the house, all you will see them do is eat, cry, sleep, poop –repeat! No two babies are the same; their sleeping and eating patterns often change. Especially during the initial phase, some things might come very organically and naturally to you, others might not. Whatever the case may be, you and your baby will eventually and certainly fall into a daily routine of feeding, sleeping, and playing. Here is a quick guide for you to know a little bit about the daily care routine for newborn.

 

Feeding

Whatever it is that you choose - bottle feed or breastfeed, on an average, a baby will need about six to eight feeds in a day. Breast milk is believed to be easily digested, hence, you may even have to feed the baby close to twelve times. Babies may also cry for food quite frequently. It is known as ‘cluster feeding.’ 

To calculate time between your baby’s feeds, note the time when the previous feed began, and not when it ended. While you are providing your baby with the best of nutrition, feeding time gives a lot of room to cuddle. This can help you build a loving, strong bond with your baby.  (Karmel 2010)

 

Playing

As part of the daily care routine for newborn babies, making time for fun and play. It lends an important role in their development and growth. Some ways to do so is by inculcating these following ideas to interact with the newborn :

  • Laughing and talking while making eye contact
  • Singing rhymes, softy
  • Reading or narrating a story with facial animations
  • Making funny faces
  • Hiding your face behind the palm and going Peek-a-boo!, etc
  • Taking them for a walk (after consulting your pediatrician) 
  • Giving them soft and tiny toys or items to touch and feel
  • Gently massaging the baby
 

Sleeping

Most of the baby’s time is spent sleeping in between feeds. Every now and then when they wake up, they might just need your help to put them back to sleep. Chances are, they might be sleeping for about 16 out of 24 hours. Your baby might also wake up about two to three times in the middle of the night, as they have no sense of night or day yet. It is rather better to keep your sleeping pattern flexible in the first few months because the baby’s sleep routine might keep changing. 

 

Holding

While your teeny little baby might feel very delicate and fragile, you do not have to be afraid to handle and hold them. However, do remember that their neck muscles still have not yet developed, and so your hand’s support will be needed for their head. You could also provide that support with their head on your shoulder while carrying them.

 

Bathing

Between the splashing of water, bubbles, and giggles, what makes a great time to engage the baby, and their senses is bath time! It also helps nurture the bond you share as a parent. Choosing the right products for your baby’s bath is very important as they have sensitive and gentle skin. 

 

How to go about it?

  • Keep everything ready : towel, diaper, clothes, baby cream. The baby should not be left in the water unattended - even for a second. 
  • Fill the tub with warm water. Run a temperature test. 
  • Wet a cloth to wash the face; support with one hand and wash the baby with the other. The diaper area should be washed from front to back.
  • Gently rinse with water, not from under the faucet, but from the tub. You do not want unexpected temperature variations.
  • Dry the baby with a soft towel, leaving no moisture.
  • Apply mild baby cream.
 

Comforting

Believe it or not - most babies weep for almost 2 hours on an average in a day especially in the first three months. It is absolutely normal. It is important, however, to find out the cause of their discomfort. Is it hunger? Is it sleep? Is the diaper to be changed? Over time, your motherly instincts will naturally indicate exactly what is to be done. 

 

Changing Diapers

There may be a lot of diapers that have to change through the course of an entire day. It is suggested to purchase a lot of diapers before the baby gets home from the hospital , to make things easier. Nappy rashes might also occur as the baby’s skin is sensitive and fragile. Any signs of redness should mean a quick application of cream (as suggested by your pediatrician) on the diaper area. Rash powder might also be used to provide to your baby with absolute protection (always consult your pediatrician first). 

 

If there is anything you are feeling uncertain about, always consult your pediatrician and they will guide you through this journey. They can help you know more about the daily care routine for newborn children. Welcome to parenthood, it’s going to be a beautiful journey!


 

April 12, 2021 |  read

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