Establish Good Baby Sleep Habits

Here are some tips to help your baby settle down to sleep:
Give your baby a chance to nap frequently. For the first six to eight weeks, most babies aren’t able to stay up much longer than two hours at a time. If you wait longer than that to put your baby down, he may be overtired and have trouble falling asleep.
Teach your baby the difference between day and night. Some infants are night owls (something you may have gotten a hint of during pregnancy) and will be wide awake just when you want to hit the hay. For the first few days you won’t be able to do much about this. But once your baby is about 2 weeks old, you can start teaching him to distinguish night from day. When he’s alert and awake during the day, interact and play with him as much as you can, keep the house and his room light and bright, and don’t worry about minimizing regular daytime noises like the phone, music, or dishwasher. If he tends to sleep through feedings, wake him up. At night, don’t play with him when he wakes up. Keep the lights and noise level low, and don’t spend too much time talking to him. Before long he should begin to figure out that nighttime is for sleeping.
Look for signs that your baby’s tired. Watch your baby for signs that he’s tired. Is he rubbing his eyes, pulling on his ear, or being more fussy than normal? If you spot these or any other signs of sleepiness, try putting him down to sleep. You’ll soon develop a sixth sense about your baby’s daily rhythms and patterns, and you’ll know instinctively when he’s ready for a nap.
Consider a bedtime routine for your baby. It’s never too early to start trying to follow a bedtime routine. It can be something as simple as getting your baby changed for bed, singing a lullaby, and giving him a kiss goodnight.
Put your baby to bed when he’s sleepy but awake. By the time he’s 6 to 8 weeks old, you can start giving your baby a chance to fall asleep on his own.
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Tips to Help New Moms Sleep Better

  • The trade off middle-of-the-night feedings. Nursing mothers might consider expressing milk for dad to help with at least one nighttime feeding. That way, at least one person gets a good night’s sleep, rather than both parents getting fragmented sleep.

 

  • Manage your time wisely to make rest your top priority which usually means a total reorganisation of your normal routine.

 

  • Build a network of friends and family to whom you can assign tasks such as household chores, babysitting, shopping, or cooking ahead of the baby’s birth.

 

  • Sleep when the baby sleeps. Power naps can offer moms an opportunity for a dramatic recovery.

 

  • Arrange for help before the baby is born. Pregnancy is the best time to determine who is going to take over some of the care and allow the mom to sleep.
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How important is your baby’s safety?

Providing a safe growing environment is an important part of caring for your baby. Babies are very active, curious and often excitable by nature. These attributes also put them at the risk of injuries. As a parent or caregiver, you can do a lot to prevent injury to your baby.

DHA officials stated that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among infants and are responsible for 63% of deaths among children aged 14 and younger in the UAE. This percentage is far above the global average of 22.3% of child fatalities caused by vehicles. As per the UAE law concerning child restraint in vehicles, children sitting in the passenger seat who are ten years of age and older must wear a seat belt. Although the Ministry of Interior prohibits children younger than ten years of age from sitting in the front seat, 28% of children continue to do so.

There are a number of road accident prevention methods you can undertake to avoid injury to your child. Children below the age of ten should not be encouraged to sit in the passenger seat. Depending on the age of the child, they must be seated in appropriate baby seats and harnesses that can prevent the baby from harm. Injuries that occur during this age can be prevented if babies are continuously monitored and supervised.

Babies learn by seeing others, they tend to duplicate what adults or other children do. As a parent or caregiver, it is your responsibility to act safely when you are around babies and young children.  Child safety is more than babyproofing the house and purchasing safety equipment’s, and has various aspects that parents and caregivers should be aware of. In order to create awareness about the need and importance of baby safety training, Aster Nurture is organising ‘Aster SHIELD’ on Friday, 10th February 2017 at Aster Hospital. This event aims at educating caregivers of babies that Safe Handy Information Eliminates Likely Dangers. For more information on Aster SHIELD/Aster Nurture and to register for the event, contact 0553378460. There is nothing more precious to a parent than their child, and nothing more important to our future than the safety of our children.

http://gulfnews.com/news/uae/emergencies/road-crashes-main-cause-of-child-death-in-uae-1.1028566

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40 Weeks to Baby – Is it Important to Reach Full Term?

What constitutes a full term pregnancy?

A full-term pregnancy lasts 40 weeks. A pregnancy is considered full-term if the baby is born anytime between 37weeks-40weeks.

Why is it important to reach full term?

Each day that the baby spends inside the mother’s uterus is important for the baby. Unless there is an underlying medical condition or any other medical reason for an early delivery, doctors would recommend waiting until the labour starts naturally. Having a natural labour is best for the baby and the mother to have a smooth pregnancy. Induced labour has its own risks. Induced labour makes it more likely for the mother to have a C-section. Having said that, inducing labour is done in different ways. Certain medications are administered to artificially induce labour by starting contractions.

In some cases, women may be advised to deliver the baby early because of some health conditions like preeclampsia, infection, bleeding during pregnancy etc. If a baby is delivered before completion of 37 weeks, the baby will be born pre-term and this could cause health complications to the baby. Babies born at full term are completely developed and are less likely to develop conditions like jaundice, respiratory issues etc. The longer the baby is in the mother’s womb, lesser are the complications.

What complications might arise from pre-term birth?

Preterm births can be spontaneous or may be due to induced labour or C-section for medical reasons. Any baby born before 37 weeks of gestation is termed as a preterm baby. Most premature babies face short term and long term health complications. These babies are admitted to a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as they are born at a time when they are not completely ready to leave the mother’s womb. They are at the risk of developing disabilities and are cared for in a NICU until they reach at least 35 weeks and are able to breathe on their own, and able to suck milk and swallow.

Premature babies are more susceptible to health complications like respiratory issues because of their immature respiratory system, neurodevelopmental issues, conditions of the heart, infections, hearing and eyesight problems, apnea, jaundice etc. Not all preemies suffer from these conditions but being premature increases their risk of developing these conditions. The earlier they are born, the greater number of risks they have. The birth weight of the baby is also a matter of concern. Premature babies will require a longer hospital stay than other babies. Some babies may have chronic lung diseases because lungs are the last organs to develop and may also require respiratory support even at home.

Dr.Usha Suresh, 

Specialist Obstetrician & Gynaecologist

Aster Clinic, Marina

Usha Suresh

http://asterclinic.ae/doctor/dr-usha-suresh/

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