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 ||Never tie a pacifier to your child’s crib or around your child’s neck or hand. This could cause serious injury or even death ||If you have trouble emptying your breast, apply warm compresses to the breast or take a warm shower before breast-feeding ||Set aside time for your partner and share what's happening in each other's life ||The pacifier’s guard or shield should have ventilation holes so the baby can breathe if the shield does get into the mouth ||Sleep sacks and sufficient layers of clothing are safe alternatives to blankets for children less than six months of age ||Always check the water temperature with your hand before bathing your baby. Be sure the room is comfortably warm, too ||To keep the eye free of infection, massage inner lower corner of the eye twice daily to empty it of old fluids ||Expressing milk should be painless. If it hurts, stop. ||Trim your baby’s nails weekly after a bath when the nails are softened ||
Mastitis

Mastitis is an infection of the breast tissue that results in breast pain, swelling, warmth and redness of the breast. If you have mastitis, you might also experience fever and chills. Mastitis most commonly affects women who are breast-feeding (lactation mastitis), although sometimes this condition can occur in women who aren't breast-feeding.

Symptoms

With mastitis, signs and symptoms can appear suddenly and may include:

  • Breast tenderness or warmth to the touch
  • Generally feeling ill (malaise)
  • Swelling of the breast
  • Pain or a burning sensation continuously or while breast-feeding
  • Skin redness, often in a wedge-shaped pattern
  • Fever of 101 F (38.3 C) or greater

Although mastitis usually occurs in the first several weeks of breast-feeding, it can happen anytime during breast-feeding. Lactation mastitis tends to affect only one breast — not both breasts.

Doctor's Instructions

Mastitis treatment usually involves:

  • Antibiotics. Treating mastitis usually requires a 10- to 14-day course of antibiotics. You may feel well again 24 to 48 hours after starting antibiotics, but it's important to take the entire course of medication to minimize your chance of recurrence.
  • Pain relievers. While waiting for the antibiotic to take effect, your doctor may recommend a mild pain reliever, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol, others) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others).
  • Adjustments to your breast-feeding technique. Make sure that you fully empty your breasts during breast-feeding and that your infant latches on correctly. Your doctor may review your breast-feeding technique with you or may refer you to a lactation consultant for help and ongoing support.
  • Self-care. Rest, continue breast-feeding and drink extra fluids to help your body fight the breast infection.

If your mastitis doesn't clear up after taking antibiotics, check back with your doctor.

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