As a new parent, you will face many issues that you need to understand and deal with immediately, a newborn baby does not come with an instruction book.
Bathing your newborn baby
Your baby’s umbilical cord will fall off in about one to two weeks after they are born. Until it falls out, you should only give your baby sponge baths. You could dampen a cotton ball or cotton swab with alcohol to help dry the umbilical stump or simply follow your pediatrician’s directions. You can give him a bath in a sink or shallow tub after the stump falls off.
A lot of doctors feel that there are many benefits to having your baby circumcised, it may help to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections and eliminate any chance of penile cancer.
Crib death (SIDS)
Many studies have been done regarding SIDS. Although the cause of SIDS has not been defined, there are some correlations that have been made between SIDS and the following things:
Female babies are less likely to die from SIDS than Male Babies.
The risk is greater with premature birth.
Minority children are more likely to be affected by SIDS than non-minority children are.
More children of young, single mothers die of SIDS.
Smoking in the home greatly increases the risk of SIDS
Some people think that sleeping with a newborn baby is okay and they continue to let their babies sleep with them. The American Academy of Pediatrics disagrees with this and says that there is a greater risk of SIDS in babies who sleep with another person. Babies should sleep alone in a cradle or crib either next to or near an adult. You should never put pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, or anything that might put your baby at risk in their bed.
Most pediatricians recommend that babies sleep on their backs to decrease the risk of SIDS. The reason for this is widely debated among health experts. If you have concerns, please talk to your pediatrician. There are no dumb questions when it comes to the health and safety of your child, so please do not be afraid to ask for help.