New parents do not have to worry if they do not have any experience in changing baby diapers. When their babies come out, they will have lots of practice. However, a few tips and reminders would be very helpful for those who are still worried how they will fare in this important parenting job. It may sound very easy and just a part of the normal activities of parents but changing baby diapers properly is important for the health and well-being of babies.
Changing baby diapers is also a very challenging task for new parents. They will have to get used to handling soiled diapers and cleaning their babies very well. Working on their babies waste products may at times be even repulsive but parents will have to learn how to hurdle this task. Parents may expect the worse as their babies start eating solid foods. At least they will not have to do this forever but only until they are able to potty train their babies as they grow older. On the first few months of life, parents will have to be changing diapers frequently usually about 7 or 8 times a day.
When changing baby diapers of newborns, parents may have to fold the front part of the diaper so that it does not come in contact with the umbilical cord that is healing. However, there are special diapers that are designed for newborns so parents can check if they can buy and make use of it at the beginning. It is important for parents to maintain hygiene when changing baby diapers. They must also see to it that they wash their hands after but they can use some hand sanitizer if they are not able to leave their babies unattended.
When changing baby diapers, parents may give their babies something to play with especially if they are old enough to hold something. This will make it easier for the parents to do the task if their babies have something to hold their attention for a few minutes. The parents’ work is not yet done after changing baby diapers. They will have to dispose of the soiled diapers properly and as discreetly as possible. They will have to do this each day in order to prevent the accumulation of foul smell and to prevent infestation of bacteria and other microorganism.
Changing baby diapers may be one of the most challenging tasks that parents have to do for their babies but at the end, they tend to forget these difficulties because babies are simply cute, adorable and babies just make parents truly happy.
Though there are lots of premature babies being born, the causes for this condition cannot yet be fully understood. At the most parents especially mothers would need to know what to expect when their babies are born before it reaches full term. Although normal pregnancy should reach about 40 weeks, there are babies that may be born between the week 37 and week 42. They are still considered full term babies. However, babies that may be born before the week 37 has been completed are classified as premature babies.
There are a number of premature babies being born each year. This situation makes premature births to be one of the health problems that people have to deal with. Premature babies are more prone to health complications upon birth which at times can be fatal. They have to be placed under intensive care with properly trained staff and equipment that can provide the necessary care especially when multiple health problems have to be dealt with. Aside from complications after birth, premature babies may also suffer other problems such as long term disabilities like mental retardation, learning as well as some behavioral problems. They may likely suffer cerebral palsy, lung problems and loss of hearing and vision as well.
There are also some recent studies that indicate adult health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure or heart diseases which may be developed by premature babies when they grow up. Some pregnant women are more prone to having premature babies especially when they have had some similar experience in the past. Pregnant women who have twins or triplets may also have premature babies. Those who also have some uterine or some abnormalities in the cervix may give birth to premature babies. The premature births may be caused by the spontaneous preterm labor. The sac holding the baby may also break too early before the baby reaches full term.
Although the real causes of preterm labor and the breaking of the sac are not clear, there are some conditions that may contribute to pregnant women’s giving birth to premature babies. Some pregnant women may lack prenatal care. They may also be indulging themselves in dangerous substances brought about by smoking, alcohol drinking or using illegal drugs. Pregnant women may also have premature babies if they are exposed to some medication. Other contributory factors may also include all forms of domestic violence as well as the lack of social support, stressful conditions, long working hours as well as being exposed to pollution.
The conditions mentioned above may contribute to the problems of pregnant women who are giving birth to premature babies. They may be able to prevent such occurrence if they live healthier lifestyles and if they are in better health condition. Each pregnant woman has to take care not only of herself but her baby as well. Pregnant women must always remember that whatever they do, their babies inside their tummies are affected as well.
Fever in babies is one of the most common ailments that parents have to deal with. Parents should not be in panic right away the moment the temperature of their baby rise above 36° Celsius. However, parents should not be in a rush to bring down the temperature especially when the temperature is about 38°C. This range of temperature means that the baby’s body is trying to fight off the infection by neutralizing the virus that is causing it. Parent should understand that the infection reaches its peak at from two to three days. If there is no interference, the baby’s body will be able to recover from the infection. But if parents immediately do something to prevent the temperature from rising, the illness may last longer.
Fever in babies that reaches 37.5°C and is brought down immediately, the infection may lasts longer than expected. However, parents should be keep on monitoring their baby’s temperature because if it shoots up to more than 38°C, then it is time for them to do something to bring it down. It does not mean though that they should take lower fever temperatures for granted as some babies are not able to tolerate even slight fever. They may lose consciousness even at 37°c only.
Fever in babies should not be treated with aspirin as this may cause some bleeding. Some research indicates that aspirin may damage the brain as well as the liver of children. Doctors do not also advise the use of analgium in lowering the temperature because it can be toxic to the body of the baby. Parents may ask their baby’s doctor if they can give him or her paracetamol instead. However, they should use the safest that they can find especially those that do not include dyes or even smells. This precaution is for the prevention of allergies in babies suffering from fever.
Parents can make use of natural means of lowering the fever in babies. Mothers most especially may use a damp soft cloth or sponge to wipe the entire body of their babies. They can make use of some vinegar and water solution for this purpose. Mothers will have to make sure that their babies have sufficient liquid intake. They should also refrain from wrapping their babies with very thick and warm blankets. This would only cause the fever in babies to go up to very high temperature. Parents may need to feed their babies by force at first but later on, they may feed him or her when the baby likes.
Parents have to be very observant when they deal with fever in babies. There are some signs that they should take note of such as cramps, rashes or bruised eyes. They also have to observe if the baby does not respond well to them and if he or she feels drowsy. Parents have to be alarmed if the baby vomits continuously or is suffering from diarrhea. They will have to bring the baby to the doctor. Fever in babies should not be taken lightly by parents but they should not also panic but instead they should learn more about handling it whenever it happens.