Newborn Body Care You Need To Read

Newborn Body Care You Need To Read

Umbilical cord stump

 

Keep the stump as clean and dry as possible for the time it takes to dry up and fall off — generally 10 to 21 days. It will leave a slightly raw belly button that may take a few more days to heal completely. Avoid tub baths until the stump falls off. In warm weather it’s best to dress a newborn in just a diaper and loose T-shirt to let air circulate and aid the drying process.

Cradle cap

 
Between two weeks and three months after birth your baby may have a ᴍɪʟᴅ ᴄᴀsᴇ ᴏF Fʟᴀᴋʏ, dry skin that looks like dandruff, or a more severe case marked by yellowish, thick, oily, scaling or crusting patches. Cradle cap can appear anytime  and usually clears up on its own after several months. It’s usually not a problem after 6 or 7 months of age.

Cradle cap results when ᴏɪʟ-ᴘʀᴏᴅᴜᴄɪɴɢ sebaceous glands produce too much oil, which turns into oily patches that dry and Fʟᴀᴋᴇ ᴏFF. Many experts think the extra hormones a mother produces and passes to her child during childbirth cause the oil glands to act up. When the hormones in your baby’s body level out after the early months, the condition will go away.

The best way to remove the sᴄᴀʟᴇs is to wash your baby’s hair daily with a gentle baby shampoo. Try massaging your baby’s head with your fingers or a soft washcloth first to help loosen the sᴄᴀʟᴇs. Before you rinse off the shampoo, brush your baby’s hair with a soft baby brush to remove the loose sᴄᴀʟᴇs.

Some parents use mineral oil or baby oil on the baby’s scalp to loosen sᴄᴀʟᴇs, but the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) says this may not be helpful and can instead make it possible for sᴄᴀʟᴇs to build up.

Cradle cap will eventually go away on its own, but consult a doctor if the condition persists, gets worse, or spreads. The doctor may prescribe a medicated shampoo or cortisone cream.

Fingernails
Your baby’s nails may be softer and more pliable than yours, but make no mistake, they’re sharp – and a newborn, who has little control over his flailing limbs, can easily end up scratching his own face (or yours) as he reaches out to explore. A newborn’s fingernails grow so fast you may have to cut them as often as a few times a week. Toenails require less frequent trimming.  Some parents bite their baby’s nails to trim them, but the AAP warns that this can lead to ɪɴFᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ.

Your best strategy is to invest in a pair of baby scissors or clippers, and grab a partner. One of you can hold the baby and keep him from wiggling too much while the other does the job. (You may want to try this while he’s feeding or sleeping so that he’ll be calmer.)

Press the finger pad away from the nail to avoid nicking the skin, and keep a firm hold on your child’s hand as you clip. If you’re worried you might accidently clip or snip your baby’s finger, you can use a soft emery board instead.

A newborn’s fingernails grow so fast you may have to cut them as often as a few times a week. Toenails require less frequent trimming. Some parents bite their baby’s nails to trim them, but the AAP warns that this can lead to ɪɴFᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ. One of you can hold the baby and keep him from wiggling too much while the other does the job. (You may want to try this while he’s feeding or sleeping so that he’ll be calmer.)

 

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