The word “jaundice” refers to yellowish discoloration of the sclera and/or the skin. A baby’s body attempts to break down extra blood cells after birth. During this process, red blood cells are broken down and a substance known as bilirubin is released. This bilirubin gives the yellow color. For the purpose of this post, we would classify jaundice in the newborn into: Physiologic/normal Pathologic/abnormal In normal babies, jaundice sometimes starts on the 2nd day after delivery, and would usually clear by 2 weeks. This is the normal/physiologic jaundice. Mothers may
Some mums usually express concerns that their baby may be losing weight after birth. Here is to show you a brief overview of the trend of how a baby gains weight or loses it within the first six months of birth. Within the first seven days The baby may lose 5-10% of birth weight. At days 7-10 Baby starts gaining weight. By day 14 Baby should have regained birth weight. After day 14 Baby gains an average of 25-30 grams per day for the first 4 months. At 4-5 months
Many individuals have had tetanus toxoid at different times during their life time for prevention of tetanus infection usually after sustaining an injury. However, Tetanus Toxoid (TT) is given to women of reproductive age to prevent tetanus infection in the newborn. Every woman of reproductive age should have at least two doses during the antenatal period. However, FIVE (5) doses are required to confer a LIFE LONG protection. The schedule is as follows : TT1 First dose TT2 Four weeks after the first dose TT3 Six months after TT2 TT4 One
After expressing breast milk, the mother can feed it to the baby right away or save it for later. Fresh breast milk has the highest quality. If the breast milk must be saved, the mother should do the following: 1. Use either a glass or hard plastic container with a large opening and a tight lid to store breast milk. 2. Use a container and a lid that have been boiled for 10 minutes. 3. Write the time and date the milk was expressed on the container before storing. 4.
Typically, a ‘cut at vaginal delivery ‘, is referred to medically as EPISIOTOMY. It is one of the things many women fear at a vaginal delivery. When it eventually happens, they are soon faced with the realities of how to take good care of the wound so they can ‘ have their lives back ‘ asap. Some people are advised to sit on HOT WATER, while some are asked to avoid contact with the bowl they sit on, and so on. All of these are WRONG!!! WHAT IS THE RIGHT METHOD
…and your cute & beautiful baby finally arrives. YIPPEE!!! CONGRATULATIONS! While one has to be grateful for a safe delivery, I’d like to point out that a lot of attention still has to be paid to the mother’s health, not just the baby’s. The following are danger signs to watch out for in the mum after delivery: Heavy vaginal bleeding Fever Abdominal pain Foul-smelling vaginal discharge Severe headache Eye(visual) disturbances Convulsions If there is hot, red or painful area on the breast. If you notice any of these signs, don’t
The ‘ALMIGHTY’ Labour experience comes with various feelings and emotions. However, talking about danger signs now; here are some signs that may be noticed during labour and/or delivery which are real DANGER signs. They include: Prolonged labour over 12 hours Labour before 37 completed weeks If the woman has been told that the baby is lying in an abnormal position Bleeding from the vagina Fever Foul-smelling vaginal discharge Severe headache and /or visual disturbances Convulsions If you notice any of the above signs, it is not the time to
One of the early challenges that a nursing mum faces, mostly first- time mums, is sore or cracked nipples. This is quite common. It happens as a result of poor positioning of the baby, and sometimes, poor attachment to the breast. There is usually some degree of “help” for a nursing mum, especially that coming from “experienced mothers”. Deciding on which advice to follow may also be challenging, hence this post. The aim of this post is to provide tested, proven and accurate solution to these mothers. You want to