Caring for baby at home

Most newborn babies spend most of their time sleeping and eating. You want to make sure that baby has a safe place to sleep and is put to sleep in a safe position. I A safe crib will have slats no more than 2 3 8 inches apart and corner posts less than 5 8 inch high above the rails. I Baby should sleep on a firm mattress that fits tightly in the crib, cradle or bassinet. I Do not put pillows, comforters or other soft padded materials in the bed under the baby. I Put healthy infants to sleep on...

Care

What should I do about birth control 3. Do I have any health problems that need continued care Think about your own health first. Take care of yourself before you get pregnant again. Make sure that you and your family are ready for another baby. Another baby will change your life in many ways. More babies add new responsibilities as well as new joys. Mothers and fathers both need to be ready to be good parents to another baby. Family planning services are available. For information, call your...

Prenatal care appointment

Urine Heard my baby's heart beat (Turn to pages 8 and 9 for more information about tests.) Questions I want to ask Other visits or problems since my appointment Urine Heard my baby's heart beat List any other tests you had (Turn to pages 8 and 9 for more information about tests.) Questions I want to ask 1. 2. Other visits or problems since my appointment

My babys health checkup visit

DTP Hib Polio Hepatitis B List any other tests shots developmental screening your baby had Date of Next Appointment Other visits or problems since baby's last appointment 1. Is my baby growing normally 2. How can my other children help me with the baby I Your baby may begin to hold his or her head up while lying on the stomach, and soon will be able to roll over. I Your baby will soon move around quickly, hold and put things in his or her mouth. Watch your baby closely. Be sure all objects...

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How to deal with emergencies

Even when you are careful, your baby could get hurt or get sick. Follow these steps now to be prepared I Keep the phone numbers for your health care providers, fire, police, rescue, and poison control center by your phone. The first rule in any emergency is to call for help. closest emergency center is and how to get there. I Good ideas for you and your family are the infant CPR and first aid courses offered by your local American Red Cross chapter. Advice about emergencies from your baby's...

Before my baby is born

The way labor begins and progresses is different for each pregnancy. Sometimes you may not know that you are in the early stages of labor, but feel as though you have gas, heartburn, indigestion, or backache. There are 3 main signs that labor has started I Regular contractions (pains or tightening), which most often begin in your lower back and move through to the lower front of your abdomen (stomach). I A gush or trickle from your vagina, that feels like a painless flow of warm water. My baby...

Acknowledgements

The Health Diary was planned and developed by a work group of the Maternal and Child Health Bureau that brought a broad range of professional training and experience to the task. Members of the work group are Stephanie Dort Bryn, MPH Susan Givens, RN, MPH Nancy Haliburton, RN, MSN David Heppel, MD Vince L. Hutchins, MD, MPH Kenneth Keppel, PhD Woodie Kessel, MD, MPH Laura Kruse, MPH Geraldine Norris, RN, MSN Julia Plotnick, RNC, MPH Barbara Tausey, MD George Walter, MPH and Ina Heyman, editor....

Contents

My pregnancy, my new baby, and my My health I think I might be How to get the prenatal care I What happens at prenatal care What I can find out from the tests I will How to take care of my own and my baby's Warning Signs of premature (too early) Tracking my weight My weight gain week by What to eat for a healthy What I Records of my prenatal Preparing for baby Preparing for baby a place to What to pack for the What baby will need at Preparing for baby car safety Special memories about my Stages...

My pregnancy my new baby and my family

Pregnancy and parenthood are times of change and new feelings. Feelings are O.K. It is helpful to be able to share with your children, family and friends, and with your health care provider, how you are feeling. And it is important for you to have their support and understanding during your pregnancy and when you take on the job of a new parent. It is important for your baby, too. A baby needs the love and attention of parents, family and friends to grow and develop in healthy ways. And your...

Tracking my baby boys growth

When you take your baby for a checkup, he will be weighed and measured. Tracking your baby's growth on the charts on these pages can help you remember. It will provide a record if you see more than one health care giver. . y . A .-. . . .- . -. - . - xx yT f ' Your baby's steady growth in height and weight is one of the best signs that he is healthy. It is regular growth that counts, more than how much or how fast. Ask your baby's health care giver any questions you may have about your baby's...

How to get the prenatal care I need

If you have a doctor, call now for an appointment. If you do not have a doctor, ask a friend, family member, or your local health department for the name of a health care provider or clinic. There are many kinds of health care professionals who can help you when you are pregnant. They may include doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician's assistants, nutritionists, dentists, and social workers. You and your care givers are a team, working to help assure that your baby is...

My babys teeth

I Do not worry if your baby's teeth come in earlier or later than the dates shown here. Babies can chew most foods with their gums I Clean your baby's teeth gently as soon as they appear. Use a soft toothbrush, soft cloth or gauze at least once a day, after feeding. I Be sure that your baby is getting fluoride from the water supply or from drops to help protect against cavities. Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle to help him or her sleep. Sugar in drinks even milk and formula that stays...

What happens at prenatal care visits

Your first visit will most likely take more time than other appointments. The health care provider will I Ask you questions about your health now and in the past (your medical history). Your answers about other pregnancies, health problems, illnesses (including sexually transmitted diseases), and your lifestyle will help your care giver decide the best care for you. This will include internal (pelvic) and breast exams, checking your heart, lungs, eyes, ears, nose, and throat, and measuring your...

Tracking my weight gain

Your weight will be checked each time you go to your health care giver. Most women should expect to gain about 3 or 4 pounds during the first 3 months and about a pound a week for the rest of their pregnancy. Your total weight gain might range from about 25 to about 35 pounds. How much you gain is related to your weight before you became pregnant. Usually I If you were underweight, you should gain 28 to 40 pounds. normal, you should gain 25 to 35 pounds. If you were very heavy, you should gain...

After my baby is born

I You should go to your health care giver about 2-6 weeks after your baby is born. Make an appointment for this postpartum visit as soon as possible. If you have questions or problems before then, call your health care provider. I Ask your health care giver if you are protected against rubella. If not, get a shot to protect you before you leave the hospital. I Ask your health care giver about family planning. You can get pregnant again even if you are breastfeeding. Your body is not ready for...

Tracking my baby girls growth

When you take your baby for a checkup, she will be weighed and measured. Tracking your baby's growth on the charts on these pages can help you remember. It will provide a record if you see more than one health care giver. Your baby's steady growth in height and weight is one of the best signs that she is healthy. It is regular growth that counts, more than how much or how fast. Ask your baby's health care giver any questions you may have about your baby's growth. I Pays attention to sounds and...

What to feed my baby

I Breastfeeding is the best way to feed your baby. It will help you and your baby build a special closeness. It also will help protect your baby from some infections. Breastfeeding is usually easy, but if you have questions about breastfeeding, ask your health care giver. I Newborn babies need to eat every 2 to 3 hours. I For the first 5 to 6 months, feed your baby only breast milk or formula. I Be sure any formula you give your baby is fully iron fortified. I If you bottle feed, be sure to...

Think I might be pregnant

If you miss a menstrual period you may be pregnant. A missed period can be caused by other things. For common signs of pregnancy, see the chart at right. You may have all of these signs, or you may have none of them. Go to a health care provider or clinic if you think you might be pregnant. Your health care giver will confirm whether you are pregnant and, if so, estimate the delivery date of your baby. The sooner you know for sure, the sooner you can begin to get the care you and your baby will...

When to take my baby to the doctor or clinic

You need to take your baby for a health care checkup about 6 times in the first year and about 4 more times up to age 2, in addition to any times you take your baby to the doctor for problems. Go for the first checkup about one week after your baby is born, unless you are told to come in sooner. These checkups are important, even if your baby is well and healthy. Your baby's health care provider will I Check to make sure your baby is growing normally. I Give you advice about feeding and baby...

How to take care of minor problems

The end of the cord will fall off in a couple of weeks after birth. Until it falls off, keep it clean and dry. Keep diaper below cord so that the cord stays dry. Dab with alcohol on a cotton swab 1-2 times each day. Call your baby's health care giver if it looks red, irritated, bleeds or oozes, or has a bad odor. A circumcision should heal in 7-10 days. If the tip of the penis is irritated by the diaper, put a little bit of petroleum jelly on the irritated area each time you change the diaper....