Congratulations dear ‘new parent’ for braving the challenge of parenthood! When a fresh excitement arrives in the shape of your baby, your joy is likely to know no bounds. Under such stimulus of joy and excitement, your life is more or less going to take up a new direction. However life with a newborn is also fraught with anxieties, most of them revolving around newborn health issues!
The uncertainty that you feel as you fail to ‘decode’ the sudden inexplicable crying bout of your baby can be very unnerving! The lines on your forehead are likely to multiply as you come across the sudden red spots on his or her skin. However, don’t allow these situations to get the better of you since these are a part and parcel of every new parent’s life.
Prepare yourself better for your life with your new-born by going through this write-up on newborn health issues.
Babies cry. It is a fact of life. It is their way to communicate their discomfort or unmet demands to their parents. To put it more precisely, babies cry when they feel hungry or sleepy or when they are in pain or fear. So how are parents supposed to know what message their baby is trying to pass on? Interpreting your child’s wails can be a bit difficult, especially at the beginning. Hunger can be one of the common reasons that can provoke a crying spell. If your baby’s diaper turns messy, it can put him in an irritable mood and can be responsible for his crying bout. When your baby is drained of energy, he can turn cranky instead of simply nodding off. Sometimes your baby may want to be cuddled and crying may be his/her way of showing it. Tummy problems like gas or colic or the need to be burped can also make him howl with pain.
Changing Sleep Patterns
It is a fact that newborns sleep a lot, usually up to 16 to 17 hours a day! But most infants do not sleep for more than two to four hours at a stretch, be it day or night, during the initial few weeks of life. The result is that while your baby enjoys lots of sleep, you have to keep up with an erratic and taxing schedule. You have to be constantly around to respond to your newborn’s demands. You have to be probably up several nights to feed him, fuss over him and change his messy diapers.
Baby sleep cycles are less extended than those of the adults, and babies spend a greater part of their time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, which is conducive to the development of their brain. Owing to the fact that REM sleep is lighter than non-REM sleep, they are more prone to easy disruption. This unpredictable phase, though a necessary one for your baby, does not last long.
When the baby’s age varies between 6 and 8 weeks, most babies begin to fall asleep for shorter periods during day and longer periods at night though most continue to wake up to sate their appetite during the night. During this phase REM sleep becomes shorter in duration than deep, non-REM sleep.
When the baby is somewhere between 4 and 6 months, it is possible for him or her to sleep for 8 to 12 hours at a time throughout the night. You can help your baby reach that stage soon by inculcating into him some good sleeping habits. For instance,
- You can learn to recognize the signs that indicate that he is worn out.
- You can teach him to differentiate between light and darkness and thus, day and night.
- Induce him to conform to a bedtime routine.
- Allow him the opportunity to fall asleep on his own.
Baby Acne or Infantile Acne
If think that acne is a problem plaguing only the teenagers and people older than them, then you are mistaken. Acne can happen to babies also. Infantile Acne usually develops on the cheeks and at times on the chin, the forehead and even the back. The problem can become even more marked if your baby is irritable or hot or if his skin is distressed by saliva, spilled milk, or a rough fabric.
Experts usually consider the hormones that the babies inherit from their mothers at the end of the pregnancy as responsible for baby acne. But all researchers do not agree to this cause and continue to look up other factors. Usually and thankfully, this is a fleeting condition and goes away without treatment. It generally lasts for a few days to weeks. If it does not disappear within three months and becomes a source of concern for you, you can consult a doctor.
If your baby’s diaper area appears inflamed and red, then chances are that he is suffering from diaper rash. His skin may also appear puffy and warm to your touch.
Diaper rash may be just limited to a few prickly red spots in a small area or can take the form of tender, red bumps that can extend to your baby’s stomach and thighs. However, don’t press the panic button yet! Diaper rash and baby care go hand in hand, especially in the first year of your baby’s life.
Many likely health issues are likely to befall the first month of a baby’s development. As the baby progresses from week one to week four, many such newborn health issues are likely to crop up. Don’t allow them to bog you down. Instead learn to handle the issues smartly by going through our inner pages!