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* Bathing your baby: 

Until your baby’s umbilical cord falls off one to two weeks after their birth, only give her sponge baths.  A cotton ball or cotton swab dampened with alcohol can help to dry the umbilical stump or follow your paediatrician’s directions.  After the stump falls off, you can give him a bath in a sink or shallow tub. 


* Caesarean delivery: 

A caesarean is usually performed to make delivery safer for you or your baby.  C-sections can be done for many different reasons including stalled labour, complicated labour, problems with the baby that may make delivery difficult, or other problems.  It does not matter if you deliver vaginally or by a caesarean section, you are still a mother with a beautiful new blessing.   


* Circumcision: 

Many doctors agree that there may be some benefit to circumcision, but it may not be absolutely necessary.  It may help to lower the risk of urinary tract infections and eliminates just about any chance of penile cancer.  Circumcision does not cause long-term emotional problems for your child.

But as an adult man, if the need arises, it can and does become excruciatingly painful to have to go through this procedure either because (Ladies don't laugh please) of strangulation or an infection which can at times become cancerous. Hospital and care can takes weeks to overcome this.


To Circumcise Or Not To Circumcise

If you’re about to have a baby, no doubt the subject of circumcision for a boy baby has entered your mind. Circumcision is a personal choice – but, of course, it’s one that you’re making for another person- so you tend to feel a fair amount of pressure to make a good decision. Here are some things to think about that might make your choice easier.


In the US, the majority of boys are circumcised, though the numbers are declining somewhat. In other parts of the world, most non-Jewish boys are not circumcised. The difference seems to be almost entirely cultural. There is really no right or wrong answer here, but I think one good guideline is “like father, like son”. The father is most likely the person who will teach the boy how to handle his personal hygiene in this area, so taking Dad’s personal situation into account might be a good way to make the decision.

A member of our team put the following forward.

"My husband is circumcised, as is our oldest son, but our younger son is not. He was not circumcised when we adopted him at ten months, and we chose not to add the trauma of circumcision to his life, considering all the other adjustments he had at the time. My husband had to do some research on the subject to feel prepared to teach our son the proper care of an uncircumcised penis. Our son is six, and at this point, has never asked about the difference between his penis and his older brother’s and Dad’s".


One thing to consider about circumcision – it is a decision you need to make early on. Part of the reason they chose not to have their younger son circumcised was the fact that, at ten months old, it would have been much more physically painful than if he had been circumcised as a newborn.

I’m sure it’s no walk in the park at any age, but do realize that if you don’t have your son circumcised right away, it might not be wise to change your mind a few months down the road.


A final note about circumcision- not all penises are the same. Some boys have much more foreskin than others. If your son has only a small amount of foreskin, your doctor may refer to this as a “natural circumcision”, and recommend that you not have a circumcision performed, unless it is for religious reasons. This means that your son’s foreskin is not likely to cause hygiene issues, nor will it be prone to infection, as are some uncircumcised penises.


It’s wise to talk to your doctor before you make a decision about circumcision. It’s a decision that you need to feel good about, and worth the time it takes to sort out the facts.

Crib death (SIDS)

This is not a particulary nice subject but it needs to be mentioned!

Many studies have been done regarding SIDS.  Although the cause of SIDS has not been definitely defined, there are some correlations that have been made between SIDS and the following things: 


o Male babies are more likely to die from SIDS than females

o Prematurity makes it more likely

o Minority children are affected by it more often than non-minorities

o More children of young, single mothers die from it

o Children who live in a home with one or more smokers are more likely to be affected


Some people say that sleeping with your baby can reduce the risk of SIDS, but the American Academy of Paediatrics disagree with this statement and go on to say that there is a greater risk of SIDS in babies who co-sleep. 


Back sleeping is what most paediatricians recommend for babies to decrease the SIDS risk.  The reason for this is widely debated between health experts.  If you have concerns, talk to your paediatrician

More Tips On Parenting

* Diapers: 

Most babies that are fed using the PDF method usually need a diaper change at each feeding time.  This means that your baby will need about 6-8 diapers a day or more.  Many new parents time the diaper changes with the after dinner bowel movement, but if you miss it, you will just have a few more diapers to change during the day. 


* Diaper rash: 

Sensitive skin is a common problem for some babies and they may get a diaper rash due to a food allergy, yeast infection, sitting too long in a wet or messy diaper, or teething.  If you notice your baby beginning to get a diaper rash, talk to your paediatrician about which diaper rash medicine will work for your baby. 


* Growth spurts: 

Growth spurts can start as early as 10 days after your baby’s birth.  Growth spurts usually are preceded by a sleepy, lethargic day and a big jump in appetite.  Growth spurts may happen again at 3, 6, and 12 weeks and again at 4 and 6 months.  If you begin to notice that your child is not as satisfied with the amount that you have been feeding her previously, then she may be beginning a growth spurt period.  If you are breastfeeding, you may want to add a feeding or two to satiate your baby’s appetite and to help increase milk production. 


* Immunizations: 

With all of the conflicting reports on immunizations, you may be unsure about whether or not you want your child to receive immunizations.  I think that there are simply too many fatal diseases that can be prevented by immunizing your baby to take the chance.  If you are unsure, then you need to talk with your paediatrician, but understand that the reason that the infant mortality rate is so low in this country is because immunizations are routinely done. 


* Pacifiers & thumb sucking: 

If you breastfeed, do not allow your child to use you as their pacifier.  If your baby seems to have a need to suck beyond eating, then you need to give them a pacifier.  There is no “nipple confusion” between a breast nipple and a pacifier as they are very different in feel and taste.  Babies will know the difference between the two.  Some children do not want a pacifier but will suck on their thumb.  If you don’t have a problem with it, then let them. 


* Spitting up: 

It is very common for babies to spit up, but some babies do it more than others.  If your baby is growing normally, then there is no need to worry about it.  Projectile throwing up is not the same as spitting up.  Projectile throwing up is a violent reaction to reject the contents of the stomach and not just “burping” up a little milk.  If your baby does this frequently, consult your paediatrician.


How To Change My First Baby’s Diaper

Changing diapers is perhaps the most dreaded baby care activity of all. In reality, however, diapering has become so much easier throughout the years. Whether you use disposable or cloth diapers, you will certainly be glad of the fact that they’re simpler to use and keep hold of more fluid with fewer incidents of leakage. Then again, despite all the advancements in diapers, first-time parents would still find the need to resort to books on “My First Baby.” This is only natural and the feelings of anxiety are fairly reasonable.


The “Modern Day” Diapers

 Gone are the dreadful days of wiggly babies and diaper pins. In this day and age, you’re only required to put up with your squirmy baby. Cloth diapers have also become incredibly user-friendly. Many brands on the market are now referred to as “all in ones” (AIO). They’re also more or less similar to a disposable diaper in the sense that they can be fastened using Velcro straps.


Disposable diapers are also available everywhere. As a matter of fact, there is a plethora of brands from which you can choose ranging from a wide variety of features and prices.


The “How-To” Guide

No matter what type of diaper you choose-cloth or disposable-the basics of changing diapers is pretty much the same.


1) Assemble your supplies

Gather up all the necessary articles before positioning your baby on the table. This way, you drive down the safety hazards that usually result from the need to leave the baby unattended to get the items you’ve forgotten to prepare. Open the diaper pack ahead of time and lay down everything on the table. Make sure that the things you need are ready-to-use and just within your reach.


2) Safely position the baby

Most parents designate a specific area meant only for changing diapers. This can be as simple as a changing pad placed on top of a table, or as elaborate as a “diaper changing” room that is complete with shelves and cabinets needed to accommodate all the necessary supplies.


If you’re using a table, see to it that you use a strap to hold the baby down and avoid the risks of falling. By no means should you leave your little one unattended on the table. After securing the baby on the changing pad, unfasten the old diaper. However, don’t remove it from underneath the baby yet. This provides some leeway of safety lest the cold air motivates the baby to release more urine or poop.


3) Clean the baby’s skin

Hold the baby’s ankles and slowly lift his or her bottom up. Start cleaning the bottom part using the wet wipes you’ve prepared in advance. In case the area is profoundly soiled, you may use the front section of the old diaper to wipe the mess away. After cleaning the baby’s skin, pull out the dirty diaper and wipes from under him or her and set them aside.


4) Change the diaper

Position the clean diaper under the baby and fasten the straps. For newborns, folding down the top part of the diaper is recommended. This way, you can make room for the umbilical cord. Don’t be scared to slip the diaper on snugly. Just imagine the mess it would make if it were too loose.


5) Clean up

After changing the baby’s diaper and putting some fresh clothes on, take the soiled diaper and criss-cross the straps to turn it into a little ball. Place it in a trash bin meant only for diapers. Don’t forget to use a hand sanitizer-or any liquid disinfectant-before holding your baby.


Those were just some of the fundamental things you need to learn with reference to concerns such as “how to change my first baby’s diaper.” Feel free to do more research if you feel like it. Just remember to trust your instincts every time you care for your baby because not all guidelines on parenting works well with every situation.

How To Tell If Baby Allergies Are Signs Of Intolerance

Any allergy, from whatever media it might come from, begins with the same reaction. The body mistakenly assumes that an particle, whether it’s pollen, or in the case of food allergies, a food protein, as a harmful threat.

The immune system then releases immunoglobin E, otherwise known as IgE into the bloodstream, triggering a chain of events that release histamines in the body to attempt to combat the foreign particle. A skin rash, runny eyes, sneezing, whatever the manifestations, they still have the same first steps.


Baby Food Allergies

A baby will typically have an adverse reaction toward a food product, and one can often easily see what these reactions are.


An example of an intolerant reaction to a food product would be from lactose intolerance, where people who  are intolerant cannot break down the sugar in dairy products.


Spotting Trouble Signs

A potentially dangerous allergy in infants can be seen because of the reactions from the food being eaten. A common example would be an infant having loose bowels after eating, and may even vomit the food in an effort to expel it from the body.

The throat may also close up or the lips and face may swell up. On the infant’s skin, rashes or hives may appear, among other unusual occurrences in the skin surface.

An intolerance is different than an allergy, and usually has more to do with intestinal trouble than reaction to any particular allergen.


How to avoid allergy troubles

When introducing a new food product to your infant, be sure to try only minute quantities at first so that you can see if there are any unpleasant reactions to the food, and afterwards you can slowly increase the amount you are feeding when there are no apparent reactions.

During the course of introducing new food to your child, you should be able to see as well if your child likes it. If there are no negative reactions present, then you can safely increase the quantity given to a normal level.

The timing of introducing new foods should also be considered, and you’ll want to feed your child with new food early in the day so that you still have ample time to take your child to the paediatrician during clinic hours and disrupt your baby’s daily routine the least.


Ninety percent of all allergic reactions come from just eight food sources, and they are common enough to be found in foods everywhere.


These are the kind of food products that you’ll want to check up on for your child, just to make sure that there is no reaction whatsoever.

Milk is one of the most common, and you should check with dairy products should there be an adverse reaction.

Eggs are the second on the list of allergen foods.

Peanuts and tree nuts are some common allergens right up to adulthood, and they’ll have to manage these allergies all their life.

Fish and shellfish allergies can be outgrown, however. 

Soy and wheat are the last two materials that round out the list, and children can often outgrow these allergies as well


Having an allergic reaction is somewhat a bit of a bother, but with proper management, avoidance, or treatment, your child can outgrow these allergies, or manage to live with it at the very least.

 Consult with your family physician when you aren’t

sure of whether your child is allergic or not.



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Thanks for reading.

 We certainly hope that this information has helped to alleviate some of your concerns with your child’s health.

 But as we always say check with your medical advisor prior to any drastic change that you might contemplate.


 The next post will be about

Sleep for Babies.


 Remember to check with your health practitioner as to

the practicality of any program you choose.

 It should not be detrimental to you or your baby's health.



This information is not presented by a medical practitioner and is for educational and informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read. 

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Kind regards
Laurie Mills

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