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The First week of life of your newborn are spent on adaptation to the outside world. For this first week appearance of the baby is changing, and he sleeps a lot and eats. A child needs love, security, attention and affection. Here is the highlights of the first week of baby's life after birth.
Your little one in their first seven days of life is adapted to its new environment. The outside world is very different from his mother's womb, where the light is dim, constant temperature, and the noise muted. You can help your child to get used to the outside world, warming his warmth, love and affection.
the appearance of the child and changes in the first week
If your child's head stretched out a bit after his journey through the birth canal or because of a birth using the vacuum, it should be rounded off to a more normal shape within the first week. Don't worry. After birth, several days may be noticeable swelling around the face and eyes of the child. This too shall pass after a week.
your baby's umbilical Cord will gradually dry up, turn black and then disappear, usually within the first 5-10 days after birth. Try to keep the umbilical cord clean and dry. If the area around the cord looks red or adhesive, please inform the nurse. Your child may have one or more moles at birth. Moles are normal and usually do not need medical attention. So, do not worry.
the Feeding and the baby sleep in the first week after birth
Your newborn will sleep most of the time, waking up every few hours to eat. Newborns are not sleeping all night without waking up to eat. They have tiny tummies so they need to Wake up frequently to eat.
Most babies need to eat every 2-4 hours, and they have about 8-12 meals per day. Sometimes feeding can last for about an hour, especially if your child is breastfed.
Baby will usually Wake you when he needs to eat. But some children should be awakened for feeding — for example, children who have lost a lot of weight, very small or weakened after childbirth.
most Likely in the first week you will have a "Groundhog day" consists of feeding and sleeping the baby. In the first few weeks it is important to take care of themselves. This means that you will need to eat well and do some exercise. You should get some sleep. But if sleep does not work, remember that when your child NAPs, you can catch up.
the development of the child in the first week
Your baby begins to explore the world, especially when you spend the whole time together every day. The brain of the baby grows and develops as he sees, hears, smells and touches the world around him. Your child can hold hands in reflex seizure and sudden loud noises. It also can be sudden jerky movements during sleep. Don't be alarmed – this is normal.
Speaking with the baby in the first week
Your newborn recognizes your voice — in the end, he was listening to inside you during the last nine months. You can communicate with your newborn using your voice, touch, sight. Know that your little one may very well identify you by smell. It you no one will confuse.
your child will have their individual ways of communicating with you. This will manifest itself in his behavior. Although he still can't smile during the first weeks you will begin to learn the body language of your child. Many gentle touches, hugs, smiles will help your child to feel safe with you. This helps to establish the connection, attachment and healthy development. Remember that it is also good for brain development of your child.
Common health problems in the first seven days
It is normal for your child, if he lost weight during the first five days after birth. Because children lose fluids during the first days after birth. However, this weight loss should not exceed 10% of its weight at birth. Most babies regain the weight in 1-2 weeks. If your child lost too much weight may need to stay in hospital a little longer to make sure he eats well and is gaining weight every day.
Typically infants are so-called sticky eye during the first few days after birth. The most common cause is a blockage of the lacrimal duct, and it is usually goes away on its own. Gentle cleansing of the eyes and massage will help. But it is best to have your doctor or nurse check your baby's eyes if they are red and sticky.
newborns can also develop all kinds of rashes, which are usually not serious. But if your child has a rash, it is best to have your doctor or nurse check it out. The usual rash is from the diapers, clothes, diapering, changing of temperature and dryness of the skin.
If something seems suspicious and you are concerned about the health of your newborn baby, it is best to seek medical help. Contact the midwives in the ward where your child was born, or your pediatrician!!! You need to seek medical help as soon as possible if your child: Bad digest food, for example, a child from the received amount of power during the day, spits up more than half of the three feedings in a row If the baby wets the diaper less frequently than 6-8 times a day Seems irritable or very lethargic constantly. It's hard waking up for feeding, Has pale or yellow skin is Crying very often in the first week
It is normal for babies to cry. But if a child is constantly under stress and you don't know what your child is trying to tell you, it is likely that:
It is hungry the child has a wet or dirty diaper Feels uncomfortable (very hot or too cold)
If your newborn is crying, you can try to feed him, change a diaper or take on hands and to nurse him. If your child often cries a lot, it does not mean that you are doing something wrong. Do not wrap yourself. Crying is the main way a newborn can tell you what he needs .
When you go to inspection your child time to ask questions about rashes, frequent regurgitation, and severe crying. You can write a list of questions before going to the clinic, do not forget to check with the nurses.