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How To Keep Your Baby Healthy

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How To Keep Your Baby Healthy

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How To Keep Your Baby Healthy

  1. 1. HOW TO KEEP YOUR BABY HEALTHY? • Dr. Nehal D. Vaidya • MBBS DCH • Poojan Children Hospital and Shashvat Neonatal ICU • Hospital Road • Bhuj
  2. 2. CARE BEFORE BIRTH • Maternal vaccine against rubella 6 months before PLANNING PREGNANCY • Folic acid tab 3 months before PLANNING PREGNANCY • Complete antenatal care • Special prenatal tests in special situation (maternal age more than 30, genetic disease)
  3. 3. CARE OF NORMAL NEWBORN AT BIRTH • Wrap well in winter, keep open when fever • Feed the baby within 30 min of birth • Give only mother’s milk (not even water) for 6 months. • Baby passes more than 8 times urine when milk is adequate • Baby gains 200gms wt every week • Sleeps in day, plays and cries in night
  4. 4. CARE UPTO 6 MONTHS • Frequent feeding • THERE ARE NO ANY DROPS IN WORLD WICH CAN PROVIDE ENERGY -- “TAKAAT” • Energy comes only from mother’s milk • Cry is not always a symptom of hunger • There are no special soaps or creams or massage oils for baby • Best massage oil is coconut oil
  5. 5. VACCINATION • Any baby more than 2.0 kg birth wt should be started vaccination from birth. • Only DPT causes fever for 2 days. • Ask your doctor regarding never vaccines like Hep b, Hib etc. • Vaccines either can be given on the same day or can be given 4 wks apart for optimum response
  6. 6. FEEDING AND WEANING
  7. 7. FEEDING AND WEANING • For 6months - only mother’s milk • Start semi solids when 7nth month starts • Best weaning food is what we eat daily • Thicker the food more the wt gain • Wt gain is not the only goal of feeding • It is usual for babies to spit and vomit a little in beginning
  8. 8. MY BABY IS WEAK • Compare with standard wt chart (not with neighbor!) • Wt depends on… • Genetic make up • emotional make up • Food habits
  9. 9. FOSTER GOOD FOOD HABITS • Babies are social-they learn by seeing others. So let the baby eat with family. • No force feeding. Let the baby eat by himself as soon as possible. • Encourage routine food and fruits • Role of special “energy” drinks is limited
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