When new babies are born, the excitement is always so much and people tend to get too happy and forget some basic things that we should not do to babies. In this article, I have written 7 simple rules to know when handling a new born baby.
1. Don’t shake Babies
Your baby is not a tambourine, don’t shake them. Babies have big heads compared to the rest of their bodies. Also, they have weak neck muscles that causes their heads to move freely. Shaking a baby causes the brain to hit the insides of the skull over and over again, basically beating the brain and it doesn’t recover easily.
2. Don’t kiss Babies
Stop Kissing babies! Their immune system is not yet fully developed. Kissing them could expose them to a common virus that causes blisters around the mouths of adults when they are sick or stressed and can infect the brain of the baby. Don’t even touch their face, lips or hands. I know it might be tempting to want to kiss the baby, but kissing a baby could be very dangerous to their health. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-1) and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) are some of the health risks that the baby could be exposed to from kissing them.
I know they’re cute. But please, try to resist the urge to kiss little babies.
3. Don’t put mentholatum on them
Don’t put camphor around newborn babies, it could damage blood cells and lead to jaundice. Don’t use mentholatum on babies, it could also cause jaundice. If you think they are cold, wrap them.
4. They should sleep on their backs, not face down.
Do not place babies on their stomachs to sleep. Put them on their backs to sleep, this helps reduce the chances of Sudden infant death syndrome.
Babies can be placed on their stomach when they are awake and playing and somebody is watching them. Don’t use pillows, blankets, quilts, sheepskins, pillow-like crib bumpers in your baby’s sleep area, and keep all those items away from your baby’s face. They should also not sleep on adult mattresses or sofas, only in their cribs
This prevents Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
5. Don’t give babies Honey. Very important.
Don’t give your child honey until they are more than one year old. Sometimes honey can contain bacteria that produces toxins that can cause muscle weakness and breathing problems. This is known as infant botulism and can be very serious.
6. Wash your hands before carrying a baby
Babies do not have strong immune system, and if a baby gets sick, their weak immune system cannot compartmentalize illness yet. Any infection a baby gets can spread so fast to other organs and become very serious.
Sometimes, even if the hands look like they are clean, some bacteria might have accumulated on the hands and could cause infection if not washed before being used to carry a baby. Washing of hands is so simple and does not even take time to do, and it can really help to reduce chances of a baby getting an infection.