Newborn Care

Caring for a new baby can be overwhelming at times

Caring for a new baby can be overwhelming at times. Most new parents worry about doing everything "the right way." Try not to be too hard on yourself; after all, you may be new at this. Instead, let this information guide you through those challenging first months of parenthood.

  • Make the necessary appointments for you and your baby's routine checkups and immunizations.
  • Remember, always put your new baby to sleep on his or her back to prevent SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome).
  • Jaundice is common in many newborns. Contact your health care team if your newborn has yellow skin and yellowing in the white part of the eyes.
  • If you smoke, quit for your kid's sake. Babies raised in smoking households have four times as many respiratory infections (lung, sinus, and ear infections) as those in non-smoking households.
  • Bringing a new baby into your home may also bring added stress to you and your partner. Remember that stress is never an excuse for someone to hurt you or your baby. If you need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233), toll free, 24 hours a day.

This PDF newsletter has some of the main points that we share with our moms about how to best care for your baby.

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