The first 24 hours after the baby is born can be an overwhelming experience for the parents. Our expert shares a list of dos and dont’s that new parents must make a note of during this period.
By Dr. Madhuri Prabhu
Before going into labour for the first time, Pooja Mathur and her husband made a quick checklist of dos and dont's to follow once their bundle of joy arrives. From what to do in the first few hours after birth to danger signs to watch out for, the would-be parents did a thorough research to ensure proper health and safety of their newborn.
Like Pooja and her husband, all would-be parents should be aware of what to do and what not to do as discussed in the article below.
The birth of a child is the most joyous occasion for any family. Immediately, after the birth, the doctors and nurses are there to ensure that both mother and the baby are doing fine. However, this is not enough, as the first 24 hours following the child's birth is indeed very crucial. Careful monitoring not just by the doctors and nurses but by the parents is equally important. All parents must be involved in the process to ensure their child's health and comfort.
The first few hours after childbirth requires careful monitoring of the baby and the mother. It is extremely important that paediatricians share a standard checklist with the parents.
If the mother has hepatitis B, then the vaccination for it needs to be administered within the first 24 hours. Other vaccines need to be given before the mother and baby are discharged from the hospital.
All aspects of childbirth must be checked in the first few hours after the baby is born. The mother and the immediate family must be counselled on how to look after a newly born. The mother must be encouraged to breastfeed the baby. Parents must be informed about the danger signs to look for in newborns before they leave the hospital.
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