Newborn Care


Going home with a new baby is exciting, but it can be scary, too. Newborns have many needs, like frequent feedings and diaper changes. Babies can have health issues that are different from older children and adults, like diaper rash and cradle cap.

Breastfeeding for a newborn is a standard of care. Breastfeeding creates intimacy with the mother in a loving and safe atmosphere, serving as the very first model of human relations for the baby. For some mothers, breastfeeding goes smoothly and without problems from the start,while others experience difficulties when attempting to breastfeed.

you can overcome these challenges and ask your paediatrician for help if you need it. After the first hour of life, newborns should receive eye care, vitamin K, and recommended immunizations (birth dose of OPV and Hepatitis B vaccine).

They should be assessed for birth weight, gestational age, congenital defects and signs of newborn illness. Special care should be provided for sick newborns, those who are preterm and/or low birth weight, and those who are exposed or infected by HIV or have congenital syphilis.