Newborn Care Tips for Parents

Newborn Care Tips for Parents

As the parent of a newborn for the first time, we understand that the experience is often overwhelming. At Child & Adolescent Clinic in Vancouver and Longview, WA, we are ready to answer your questions when it comes to newborn care and beyond. We have a large treatment team ready to assess your newborn, and to provide care for your child throughout adolescence. When you have questions, we have answers.

Understanding Newborn Care Tips

Newborns are small, and they are not able to tell you what their needs are. The responsibility for caring for a newborn, mixed with lack of sleep, can make even the most calm people feel helpless. Understand that your newborn needs rest, food, and diaper changes. Your newborn is unlikely to follow a schedule for the first month or so, and it is important that you get rest when your baby is napping. Always support your baby's head and neck when changing positions, and spend quality time with your newborn when they are alert.

Ask Any Question You Have

When it comes to newborn care, no questions are ridiculous. We understand that having a newborn means you are going to have questions. You might be wondering if drinking an ounce and falling asleep is normal, or what a diaper rash means. If you have any questions regarding the care of your newborn, always ask. It is important that you pay attention to the needs of your newborn, and ask questions if you are not sure what is going on.

During the First Month

You may have many visitors wanting to meet your newborn during their first month. Understand that your newborn is more susceptible to germs in the first six weeks, and it is important that you protect their health. You can ask people to wash their hands, or use hand sanitizer. You can wait for visits until you feel comfortable. Take care of your baby in the ways you feel comfortable, as people will understand if they have to wait a few weeks before meeting them. If you note any concerns with your newborn's ability to drink, sleep, or cry, call the pediatrician for further advice.

Schedule Your Child's Newborn Care Today

Learn more about newborn care tips, and get your child the healthcare they deserve. Call Child & Adolescent Clinic in Vancouver, WA at (360) 254-7750, or in Longview, WA at (360) 577-1771, and set up an appointment for your child today with one of our pediatricians.