Newborn Information

Prenatal and Postpartum Care

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What are some signs of Postpartum Depression/Adjustment? answer

I know it is important to place my baby on his back for sleep but what else can I do to Prevent SIDS? answer

What is baby acne? answer

Can I use sunscreen on my baby? answer

What is the best way to take my baby’s temperature? answer

Do you have any suggestions for baby songs? answer

What are some signs of Postpartum Depression/Adjustment?

Signs of postpartum adjustment in a new mom can vary in intensity, time of onset and

Symptoms may include but are not limited to:

  • Nervousness, anxiety, panic feeling
  • Sluggishness, fatigue, exhaustion
  • Sadness, depression, hopelessness
  • Appetite and sleep disturbances
  • Poor concentration, confusion, memory loss
  • Over concern for the baby
  • Mother’s uncontrollable crying, irritability
  • Lack of interest in baby
  • Fear of harming baby and / or herself
  • Exaggerated highs and / or lows
  • Lack of interest in partner/sex

A women suffering with postpartum adjustment may have one or a combination of the above listed symptoms.  Symptoms can occur up to a year or more.  Please call your obstetrician, primary care, counselor or pediatrician to ask for support and treatment. You are not alone; one in ten women may have some degree of postpartum adjustment symptoms.   back to top

I know it is important to place my baby on his back for sleep but what else can I do to Prevent SIDS?

  • Place your baby in a safety-approved crib with a firm mattress and a fitted sheet.
  • Never put your baby to sleep on a chair, sofa, waterbed, cushion or sheepskin
  • The safest place for the baby to sleep is in your room but not in bed with you.
  • Bumper pads should be thin, firm, well secure and not pillow-like
  • Blankets if used, should be tucked into the mattress tightly and never reach above the baby’s chest. Try a sleep sack instead of a blanket for warmth.
  • Do not let your baby become too warm during sleep. Use light sleep clothing. Keep the room at a temp that feels comfortable for an adult.
  • Keep pillows, quilts, comforters, sheepskins and stuffed toys out of your baby’s crib.
  • Do not smoke during pregnancy. Do not allow smoking around your baby. Infants have a higher risk of SIDS if they are around second hand smoke.
  • Pacifiers may help reduce the risk of SIDS. However, if your baby doesn’t want it don’t force it. If you are breastfeeding, wait until your baby is 1 month old before introducing the pacifier. back to top

AAP recommendations.

What is baby acne?

Baby acne often develops within a few weeks of birth.  Baby acne can tend to look worse when your baby is fussy and crying.  Baby acne is related to hormonal changes that stimulate oil glands under the skin.   Baby acne may clear quickly or linger for several months.  You may wash your baby’s face with warm water 2-3 times daily and pat dry. Try not to use lotions, oils or other treatments on the area of baby acne.  Never pinch or scrub the acne, as you may cause more irritation. back to top

Can I use sunscreen on my baby?

For babies younger that 6 months, use sunscreen on small areas of the body, such as the face and the back of the hands, if protective clothing and share are not available.
For babies older than 6 months, apply to all areas of the body being careful around the eyes. If your baby rubs sunscreen into her eyes, wipe eyes and hands with clean damp cloth.  A sunscreen stick maybe helpful for the face.  Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors. back to top

What is the best way to take my baby’s temperature?

A digital thermometer can be used to take a rectal (bottom), oral (in the mouth) or axillary (under the arm). Your child’s pediatrician will recommend which method is best for the age of your baby.  Both rectal and oral are more accurate than an axillary.

The AAP recommends, rectal for newborn to 3 months, rectal or axillary for 3 months to 3 years. back to top

Do you have any suggestions for baby songs?

Here are a few early childhood songs that you and your baby will enjoy.

Early Childhood Songs

Rolly, Polly

Rolly, polly, rolly, polly
Up,up, up!
Rolly, polly, rolly, polly
Down, down, down!
Rolly, polly, rolly, polly,
In, in, in!
Rolly, Polly, rolly,polly
Out, out, out!!

Itsy Bitsy spider

Itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout,
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the Itsy Bitsy spider went up the spout again.

Twinkle, Twinkle

Twinkle, Twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are?
Up above the sky so bright
Like a diamond in the night,
Twinkle, Twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.

Trot, Trot to Boston

Trot, trot to Boston and
Trot, trot to Lynn
You better watch out or you
Might fall in.
Trot, trot to London
Trot, trot to Dover
You better watch out or
\You might fall over.

This Little Piggy

This little piggy went to the market,
This little piggy stayed home,
This little piggy had roast beef,
And this little piggy had none,
And this little piggy cried, wee,
Wee,weeeee all the way home.

Here’s the Baby’s fingers

Heres the baby’s finger,
Heres’s the baby’s toes,
Heres’s the baby’s tummy and
Round and round we go.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head shoulders knees and toes,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
And eyes and ears and nose and mouth
Head, shoulders , knees and toes.

Patty Cake

Patty Cake, Patty Cake
Baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it, and pat it, and mark it
With a B ,
Put it in the oven for Baby and me!!

Row, Row, Row your boat

Row, Row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream,
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream. back to top