Caring for a newborn can be a daunting experience, particularly during the early days when you're sleep deprived and haven't quite determined the meaning of your child's various cries. Pediatrician Dr. Alexandra Kostur of Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics addresses new parents' concerns and provides a wealth of information on newborn care during visits to her Jacksonville, FL, office.
Newborn care tips
Following these tips can help you ensure that you're providing the care that your little one needs to grow and thrive.
- Daily Baths Aren't Necessary: During the first weeks of your child's life, he or she won't be active enough to get dirty. In fact, bathing him or her too often can dry his or her sensitive skin. Sponge baths are best until your little one's umbilical cord falls off. When you do begin bathing your child in a tub, never leave him or her unattended. It only takes a few seconds for drowning to occur.
- Breast Fed is Best: Breastfeeding offers valuable benefits for babies, and it is nature's perfect food for babies. You will give your baby lasting benefits with any breastmilk that you can provide for your baby. However, breastfeeding doesn't always work for all mothers and all babies. If you don't produce enough milk, or can't breastfeed, feeding your baby formula is perfectly fine. There are ways to increase your breast milk supply, so before you make the switch, please talk to us! From extra pumping after feedings to Fenugreek supplements/teas, there are many ways to improve your milk supply. They are making formulas closer and closer to breastmilk so formula is a good option if continuing to breastfeed is not an option. Both options provide the vitamins and nutrients your child needs to develop. If you breastfeed your baby, he or she will probably need to be fed every two or three hours, while bottle-fed infants may only need to be fed every three to four hours during the first several weeks.
- Follow Safe Sleeping Practices: The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in higher in babies who sleep on their sides or stomachs. Follow the recommendation of The American Academy of Pediatrics and put your baby to sleep on his or her back. Don't use blankets or pillow or place stuffed animals in the crib, as these items may pose a suffocation risk.
- Schedule Regular Visits with the Pediatrician: Regular visits with your child's Jacksonville pediatrician will help ensure that he or she is growing and developing normally. The visits also offer the perfect opportunity to share your concerns and ask questions about your child's health.
Do you have any questions or concerns about newborn care? Schedule an appointment with pediatrician Dr. Alexandra Koustur of Jacksonville Kids Pediatrics in Jacksonville, FL, by calling (904) 446-9991.