Never pick up your infant by the hands or wrists as this can put stress on the elbows. Lifting under the armpits is the safest way ||Newborns are expected to lose some weight after delivery due to fluid loss. Don’t worry ||Use a firm mattress and avoid placing your baby on thick, fluffy padding that may interfere with breathing if your baby's face presses against it ||Set aside time to spend with each child individually, so they don't feel like they're competing for your attention ||Don't let your baby nap in the car seat after you're home as a substitute for crib since it's harder for young babies to breathe in that position ||The AAP recommends sponge baths until the umbilical cord stump falls off — which might take up to three weeks ||Look for early signs of hunger, such as stirring and stretching, sucking motions and lip movements. Fussing and crying are later cues ||Proper weight gain is the sign that your baby is having enough milk. Not crying and not comparing with other kids ||Only close friends and relatives should visit you during your first month at home. They should not visit if they are sick ||Do not postpone your baby’s vaccines unless he is sick or feverish ||
Nutritional advices


Basic advices for this age:

 

Allow your child to eat solid foods as much as he/she needs. He/she controls the quantity; you (the parent) control the quality.

 

You are advised to offer your child at least one meal containing fruits &/or vegetables &/or salad, at least another meal containing animal proteins (other than milk and dairy products) e.g. egg, fish, chicken or meat (all better boiled and mashed). These are the two essential meals for your child at this age in addition to breast feeding (or formula feeding in some children). He/She should have these two meals at least 5 days a week regularly.

 

If your child is not receiving these essential meals for more than 2 weeks in a row you need to contact the doctor or 2356 for advice including vitamin and mineral supplementation. Cereals and carbohydrates are allowed but are not daily essentials. Note: Better avoid cereals containing milk if your child is breastfed.

 

Better avoided foods include milk (until the age of one year) and dairy products including yoghurt and cheese for all those who were exclusively breast fed (until the age of nine months); salt and sugar (until the age of one year); oranges and citreous fruits until the age of 8 months.

 

Never force or threaten your child to eat. You just offer him/her to eat the right choice of food then leave to him/her to decide when to eat and how much to eat. On the other hand, if he/she refuses do not allow other unnecessary foods (sweets, fried potatoes..etc). Be patient, it might take few days until your child eats the proper food you are offering.

 

 

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