Newborn Safety Tips

Baby at Home CrawlingHere are some common newborn safety tips to keep your baby safe.

Never Shake the baby

Each year there are news reports of an infants that becomes a victims of being shaken, often causing irreparable brain damage and can result in death. It is important that all people that have contact with the baby is aware of this, because many times it is not the mother who shakes the baby but a partner, relative or caretaker. So everyone needs to be informed of this. If the baby is crying to much, and you are frustrated, put the baby down on their back in a safe place. Take a break from the sound of crying and take a warm  shower can help relax you while the baby eventually settle down. Other things you can do is call a friend, swaddle your baby, make sure you are eating right and sleeping well.

Try calling the Parental stress line:  1-800-632-8188 or visit their website at http://www.parentshelpingparents.org/#!parental-stress-line/c1xu8

Newborn cribCrib Safety

Crib bars should be less than < 2-3/8 inches apart, mattress fits snugly and crib sides are always up, you do want small open spaces where the infant can roll over and get stuck.. Do not hang objects over crib. Infants do not require pillow until the age of 2 years old, and placing a pillow behind the newborn head can be dangerous because it can hyper flex the head and interfere with breathing.

The Eyewitness News has a great video on crib safety:

 

Bathing

Always test bath water and keep water heater temperature at low setting. Never leave an infant unattend in the bath.

Bottle safety

The temperature of a bottle feed should be tested before it is given to the newborn. You can test this by squirting a little on your wrist. You should never heat a bottle in the microwave, a microwave does not heat liquids up evenly and can leave “hot” spots where you can be easily burnt.

Never leave an infant unattended on a high survace.  avoid rolling off beds and tables, use car seat,

Home Safety

Provide a smoke free environment for you baby. Check that smoking and carbon monoxide detectors are working.

Botulism

The immune system of infants are not as developed as adults and they can not defend themselves against bacteria. Infant botulism can be deadly to a newborn and you should not give your baby foods that could possible be contaminated with this bacteria. There is no medicine to prevent botulism and newborn that do not have developed immune systems are at risk for getting this disease. It is extremely important until your newborn is 1 years old that you do not give your newborn honey or karo syrup, which has the potential to contain botulism and can make your baby deathly sick.

Watch the video 7News video on the infant diagnoses with Infant Botulism:

 

Medications

no aspirin for fevers