Date Posted: 30/06/2020
Having a baby is a huge blessing in every family. Nobody is more than happy than parents having a little one running around the house.
But not all parents are fortunate enough to stay by their baby’s side and be a hands-on mom/dad. Some parents need to go back to work. This is common in Hong Kong. Most parents are working, and they need helpers to stay sane by balancing work life and baby care.
Taking care of a baby is not easy. So here’s a simple guide that you should know about baby care:
1. Baby’s Skin
The baby’s skin plays a significant role in maintaining their health. The skin protects them against irritants, germs, and bacteria. Their skin is very delicate, so extra special care is necessary. You have to protect it from environmental changes.
Applying a mild and gentle cleanser and moisturizer is a great start. It is also great to consult a Pediatrician to ask for a guide about what’s right to apply on the baby’s skin.
2. Newborn Skin Conditions
Their skin is extra delicate and sensitive. The baby’s immune system is still developing. It has a higher chance of infection.
Common skin problems of a baby are; baby acne, skin peeling, eczema, and dry skin, cradle cap, and diaper rash.
The baby should not be exposed to dust, grass, weeds, wool clothing, and particular soaps.
You should also be careful with detergents, fabric softeners, and perfumes.
3. Baby’s Umbilical Cord
Don’t be afraid of cleaning their umbilical cord. Make sure your hands are washed before handling it.
To clean the cord safely, use a cotton swab, cotton square, or cotton round.
Clean it with clean water and clean around the base of the cord. Don’t cover the cord with a diaper because it should stay dry and clean at all times.
The umbilical cord takes 7–10 days to heal, so be careful about handling them within that day.
4. Baby’s Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Nails
Avoid putting anything directly into their eyes, ears, or nose. Use a soft, moistened cotton round to wipe any material from their eyes, mouth, nose, or outer ear.
You also have to cut the baby’s nails regularly. This will prevent them from scratching themselves, and also prevent them from spreading infection due to dirt and germs. Be extra careful to avoid cutting the skin of the finger.
5. Baby’s Sun Protection
Babies under 6 months should avoid exposure to the direct sun. It only takes 10–15 minutes for their skin to burn.
Most paediatricians recommend not to use sunscreen products. They’re too young for such products. The hottest part of the day is between 10am, and 2pm so stay indoors. A hat with a brim is necessary when going out.
Loose clothing can protect the baby’s skin. If you want to use a sunscreen for the baby, discuss it with your paediatrician.
6. Toddler Teeth
It’s important to brush their teeth at least twice a day (after breakfast and before going to bed). This will avoid the occurrence of bacteria that can form cavities.
It’s due to the sugar in the food that is left on their teeth, so it’s essential to keep the toddler’s teeth clean. It’s better to bring them to the dentist every 6 months for a checkup.
7. The Safety In Your Touch
The first language that the baby learns is touch. Its primary role is to support her social-emotional, physical, and intellectual development. It helps them to feel safe and cared for. That’s what they need for their growth in the best way possible. It’s a secure attachment bond.
You may hear that handling a baby is hard. You hear the horror stories. Yes, that’s right. Taking care of a baby is hard. It is because nothing so beautiful could come from something easy. Plus you just had read this guide. You can do it!