Check-ups are one of the paramount factors leading to good health and when it comes to the health of your baby, you need to be extra cautious in getting regular health-check- ups done. Your baby's first couple of years will need a plenty of rounds of check-ups as it is the best way to ensure your baby is growing and developing as she/he should.
But just visiting your baby's pediatrician is not enough. You need to get all your medical questions answered to learn how to keep your baby healthy and safe. We have got you a list of important questions that you need to ask your baby's pediatrician. Have a look:
Know 1: Shall the baby be bathed soon after delivery?
Absolutely not, the health professional or the nurse would gently wipe the child and clear the secretions. It'd be necessary to wrap the child comfortably in preferably sterile clean cotton cloths so as to preserve his energy for maintaining the body temperature as newborns are prone to lose heat.
Know 2: Shall the baby be fed water in the initial months?
No, exclusive breastfeeding for initial six months will suffice the water and nutrition of the growing newborn, after that, liquids and soft rice/dal water can be started post 6 months age. But it's necessary to check the baby's growth and motions to look for if the baby is getting sufficient nutrition, complying with mother's breastfeeding. And in case of loose stools, you may consult your pediatrician.
Know 3: How to observe if the baby is growing normally?
Your pediatrician will keep a check on normal parameters like weight, height etc., which are mapped on growth charts as per WHO guidelines. Apart from this, following points would usually help mothers and fathers to keep an eye on the baby's growth via achieving different milestones (the brackets indicate the upper limit of the time period and are adapted from WHO)
-Visual fixation (2 months)
-Vocalization (6 months)
-Sitting without support (10 months)
-Standing with assistance (12 months)
-Hands and knees crawling (14 months)
-Standing without support(17 months)
-Walking alone (18 months)
-Single words (18 months)
Know 4: Weaning
It should not be a sudden withdrawal of the child from the breast. It should be a gradual process. You may start around the age of 6 months because the mother's milk is alone not sufficient to sustain growth beyond 6 months. Supplementing with cow's milk, fruit juice, suji, dal, and boiled vegetables is suggested. Weaning is a very important period in the child's development, as, during this period, proper care should be taken to prevent any infection.
Know 5: Hand washing and kids
It's an established fact that contagious diseases spread via any means of direct contact, and hands do play a crucial role. Diseases like the common cold, hepatitis, typhoid, etc. are some of the well-known examples. Washing with simple soap and water is sufficient to stop the spread of germs in your family. Make regular hand washing a rule for everyone, especially:
- Before eating and cooking
- After using the bathroom
- After cleaning the house
- After touching animals, including family pets.
- Before and after visiting or taking care of any sick friends or relatives
- After blowing one's nose, coughing, or sneezing
In case of any serious health complications of your baby, consult your Pediatrician immediately and get your baby examine thoroughly.