Q. How do I know my baby is receiving
A healthy baby
regulates his own milk intake and there is no
need to monitor the amount of milk taken by
him. A baby is receiving adequate feeds if he
sleeps well after a feed for about 2 hours and
passses urine atleast 6 times a day. A well
fed baby would gain weight at the rate of 125
g or more per week after 1st week
Q. How to take care of the umbilical cord?
The umbilical cord
should be kept dry without applying anything
on it. It usually separates by the fifth to
the ninth day after birth. It tends to
separate early if kept dry.
Q. Can I apply
Kajal to the eyes of my baby?
not apply anything to the eyes of a baby as it
can cause infection.
Q. My newborn baby sleep most of the time,
is it normal?
nervous system of the newborn baby is still
maturing, he/she sleep for long hours. By 4-6
weeks of age many infants are on a cycle of
waking for 4 hours and sleeping for 4 hours.
Lethargy and lack
of interest in feeds in a baby, who was alert
and active previously, may be a sign of a
serious medical condition.
Q. Who is a premature or low birth weight
are those born before completing thirty seven
weeks of gestation. A low birth weight baby
has a birth weight <2.5 kg. Many premature
babies also have a low birth weight.
Sometimes, babies born at full term may also
have a low weight. Premature babies and low
birth weight babies are more vulnerable than
full-term babies and need to be given special
Q. What kind of clothes are suitable for a
A baby should be
dressed in soft cotton clothes with minimum
frills, buttons or ornamental add-ons which
can scratch the tender skin of the newborn
infant. The nappies should be made of thick,
soft and absorbent material and changed
promptly when soiled to avoid development of
nappy rash. Use of plastic nappy should be
babies are prone to
get hypothermia or cold. Premature or low
birth weight babies are at a higher risk of
developing hypothermia. This is a dangerous
condition, which could be prevented by proper
and adequate clothing and keeping the baby
warm. It is important to keep the head
and feet covered since a lot of heat can be
lost through these areas.
Q. What is the normal stool pattern of
pass frequent semi-loose yellow sticky stools.
The frequency is very variable. Many babies
pass up to 7-8 stools per day, usually soon
after feeding. This is normal and should not
be confused with diarrhoea. Other babies may
pass stools only once every three days. This
is also normal.