Even the most confident parents usually have a few questions during the first days or weeks of their newborns' lives. Your child's Friendswood, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire of Good Health Pediatrics offers the care your newborn needs for a healthy start.
How much should my newborn drink at each feeding?
Newborns generally drink about two to three ounces of breast milk or formula per feeding. Don't be concerned if your baby occasionally drinks a little less or more. Your son or daughter may not be very hungry during one feeding but will drink more during the next feeding.
You can tell if your son or daughter is getting enough milk by the number of wet diapers he or she produces. By day five or six, you should be changing about six wet diapers per day. In some cases, producing fewer wet diapers can be a sign that your child isn't receiving enough milk and has become dehydrated.
Signs of dehydration in newborns include sunken eyes or soft spots, dark yellow urine, no tears when crying, irritability, sleepiness, or skin that doesn't immediately bounce back when you gently pull it up. If you notice any possible signs of dehydration, call your child's doctor in Friendswood, TX, immediately.
Does my newborn need daily baths?
Daily baths can dry or irritate your baby's skin. Luckily, newborns don't generally move around enough to become dirty. In fact, you'll only need to bathe your child every few days. Use sponge baths until the umbilical cord falls off. When you begin bathing your child in a bathtub or sink, make sure that the water is only lukewarm. Don't leave your child alone, even if he or she is supported by a bathtub seat. Babies can slip out of the seats and drown very quickly.
Can I put my baby to sleep on his or her stomach?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your baby sleeps on his or her back only. Babies who sleep on their sides or stomachs are at increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Don't put stuffed animals, blankets, or pillows in the crib, as those items can pose a suffocation risk.
Whether you have questions about specific symptoms or it's time for your child's next vaccine, visits to the pediatrician play an important role in your son or daughter's health. Call your child's Friendswood, TX, pediatrician, Dr. Linda Neely-Shelmire of Good Health Pediatrics at (281) 534-9355 to schedule an appointment.