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Helpful Tips for Parents

NURSE LINDA

Nocturnal Babies

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If your newborn is leaving you bleary eyed from sleep deprivation, it may help to know it’s normal for babies to mix up days and nights. Rest assured things will even out within a few months and, in the meantime, you may be able to build a foundation for better nighttime sleep by trying the following:

  • Gently talk and play with baby during day to increase daytime wakefulness
  • Allow naps – keeping baby awake during day does not help sleep at night
  • Put baby to sleep at night before he is overly tired
  • During nighttime feeds, keep things quiet, calm and efficient

Although it may be impossible for you to always nap when baby naps, try to take advantage of the opportunity when you can. Sleep helps the body heal after birth and can help you enjoy every minute with your little one – even if it’s the middle of the night.

Sources:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/Reversing-Day-Night-Reversal.aspx

Protecting Baby Against Flu

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Babies younger than 6 months are at high risk for serious complications from the flu. Because they are too young to be vaccinated, consider the following steps to help protect your baby:

  • Get flu vaccine for yourself
  • Make sure caregivers and siblings older than 6 months are vaccinated
  • Keep baby away from others who are sick
  • Wash hands frequently and cover a cough
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces in home

If your child becomes ill, check with your pediatrician before giving over-the-counter medication. When recommended, measure liquid medication with provided syringe, dropper or measuring cup. If none comes with medication, request one from your pharmacist or pediatrician. Never use a kitchen spoon to measure medication.

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/infantcare.htm

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/medication-safety/Pages/Using-Liquid-Medicines.aspx

Grandparents

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Grandparents play a special role in the lives of their grandchildren. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost 3 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren. And while a grandparent’s love is timeless, several child safety recommendations have changed over the years.

Here’s the latest advice from the American Academy of Pediatrics on how to handle common health concerns:

  • Safe sleep. Grandparents may have put their own babies to sleep on their bellies, but to reduce the risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), pediatricians now recommend babies be put to sleep on their backs.
  • Reducing Fever. Fever is one of the most common conditions of childhood. Doctors advise helping a feverish child feel more comfortable by removing a layer of clothing and encouraging fluids. If recommended by the child’s pediatrician, ibuprofen or acetaminophen can also be given.
  • Care for Cuts and Scrapes. A kiss may be all that’s needed for a “boo-boo.” But for a small wound that’s bleeding, pediatricians suggest direct pressure over the wound for 5-10 minutes (don’t peek!), a gentle wash with soap and water, then a small amount of antibacterial ointment and a bandage.

If caring for grandchildren in your home, childproof your environment and secure your own personal medications by placing them up, out of sight and out of reach of grandchildren.

Sources:

https://www.census.gov/newsroom/press-releases/2014/cb14-194.html

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/work-play/Pages/A-Message-for-Grandparents-Who-Provide-Childcare.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/injuries-emergencies/Pages/Treating-Cuts.aspx

www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/05/170504083052.htm