Parenting in Pandemic: How To Take Care of Your Newborn During Lockdownby Ankita Sehgal Freelance Blogger, Lives in New Delhi
Having a baby is one of the most precious and significant milestones in a parent's life. But amid the coronavirus pandemic, this experience has come with a new set of challenges. While moms-to-be are following all pregnancy & nutrition tips told to them by their doctors, there is still a lot of fear and uncertainty on how to take good care of themselves and the baby during this time. Listed below is some advice suggested by experts to keep the newborn safe and healthy.
Physical distancing during essential doctor visits: Seeing the current situation, the majority of hospitals and maternity centers are allowing the new parents to discharge a little early than the usual period of stay at the hospital. This is to lessen the chances of catching COVID 19 infection. However, before discharge from the hospital, it is made sure that all necessary medical procedures and tests are completed. For example, if the mom had diabetes during pregnancy, tests are done to check the sugar levels post-delivery. For the new parents, it is important to know that follow-up appointments with the pediatrician are crucial and the visits must not be missed at any cost. Physical distancing and vigilant hand hygiene must be maintained to prevent potential exposure to the virus.
Breastfeeding Tips: For all new moms who choose to breastfeed their little baby, there are chances that the virus (if present) spread through the respiratory droplets while breastfeeding. So for all COVID-19-positive moms, WHO recommends careful hand hygiene and wearing a mask during close contact. These moms can also choose pump breast mils to feed their baby. However, sanitizing pump parts regularly becomes very important. New moms who cannot breastfeed their little one due to some illness must consult lactation specialists to know about alternatives to support the feeding requirements.
Keep a check on people visiting the new-born: When there is a new-born at home, it is tough to keep people away from meeting the new-born. But seeing the current situation, you must stand firm and limit the number of people visiting your baby. Keep in mind that asymptomatic infection can be a possibility and in certain communities, the infection rate is significantly higher than expected. So to keep your little one safe, continue practicing physical distancing to avoid chances of contracting the illness.
Note that while there is so much information about the pandemic everywhere, it can lead to unnecessary stress. Make sure you take advice from reputed sources only. Reach out to your doctor if you or your baby face any health issues during this time.
Created on Jul 23rd 2020 08:11. Viewed 238 times.
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