Congratulations on your new baby! There's so much to learn about your newborn that at times new parents can feel overwhelmed. But don't worry! In this section you will find many informative articles that will help you learn about the enigmatic world of newborns.
Were you expecting a fresh, clean bundle of joy only to find your newborn was covered in a creamy, white film and had a head of long, dark hair? Don't worry, find out what you can really expect your baby's appearance to be. Did you know that when your baby is born, their skull is not yet fully formed? These soft areas on their head are known as fontanels and require special care.
Another area of your baby that needs special attention during the first few weeks is the navel. And if you've had your baby boy circumcised, you'll need to take some extra precautions to avoid an infection. Other common ailments that can occur in newborns include infant GERD, jaundice and colic.
Not too long after your baby's birth, you'll be right back at the doctor's. Visiting the Doctor will help you get a better idea of what you can expect at this first visit. One easy way of judging your newborn's health is through their poop. It may not sound pleasant but bowel movements are a sign of good health. Health concerns you should be on the look out for include dehydration, constipation and nursing blisters.
Parent's of a premature baby will have their own special set of needs during the first few months. A premature baby can look quite different from a baby born at term. Additionally, a preterm baby will have a longer hospital stay, which can be quite draing on a parent. But there are steps you can take to make your baby's stay shorter. Coming Home With a Premature Baby will give you tips on the special care your baby will need.
As you can see, there really is a lot to learn about your newborn. Relax, because you'll soon get the knack!
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