Your newborn baby
When a baby is born, if there are health reasons such as vomiting, particular movements, jaundice and other problems that make the doctor suspicious and that delay the child’s discharge from the hospital, parents become even more anxious because they already consider them very delicate and vulnerable infants.
When you return home from the hospital there are very common phenomena that could start to cause us worries and they are the following:
One of the phenomena that most frequently happen to newborns is reflux (more than 60% of babies suffer from it in the first months of life). Normally the baby begins to regurgitate his mother’s milk, to have difficulty digesting and to have small moments of suffering in which he cries (at first it seems to us for no reason).
Many pediatricians consider this problem to be physiological (and therefore not worthy of attention) because it is extremely common.
It is true that this phenomenon is common, but it can create many problems and greatly reduce the quality of life of the child and the parents and therefore if this happens, we must talk aggressively with the pediatrician to have us prescribe a treatment for the child.
MOVEMENTS, CLICKS and UNCONSULTED
If the child has rash jerks, movements and tremors, it can immediately make us think that he has a neurological problem. However, this is not always the case. It is very normal for a child to make movements in the first weeks of life that are beyond his control and that will improve and disappear over time as his ability to neurologically control the body increases.
Often these movements are accentuated by discomfort, discomfort that the child may have due to stomach or muscle problems.
BREASTFEEDING AND GROWTH OF THE BABY
Breastfeeding, difficulty in sucking, the amount of milk the baby takes and growth often create a lot of anxiety in parents.
There are several reasons why babies don’t get enough milk:
- a) Reflux, which can annoy the baby during breastfeeding and cause him to continually detach and reattach forcing him to feed a little shorter and not get enough milk at certain times
- b) some diseases that manifest themselves with symptoms such as fever and in any case evident and that cause important infections of the urinary or digestive tract.
A serious illness cannot come to our child that does not have clearly visible symptoms and that force us to contact the pediatrician immediately.
If there are no other symptoms and the child eats little, this is probably due not to some serious illness, but to some particular characteristics of the child, which in any case will not harm them but which simply indicate that he has genetic traits that will make him grow less. than other genetically more robust children.
If a child eats little and grows less than 200g per week, this is not necessarily a symptom of a health problem, but it can be normal if he is fine in all other respects (if he is a lively child, he has no fever, does not seem to have aches and pains and in general gives us the impression of being well).
Growth is a problem that can cause us to have a very altered quality of life and relationship with the child and from which we must defend ourselves a lot.
THE CHILD IS A SPONGE
In the first months of a child’s life, the parents, but especially the mother, must pay close attention to the signals they transmit as they understand, perceive and are greatly influenced by attitudes, the way of speaking, the tone of voice, the approaches , from the looks that mom gives him.
The child is very attentive to these things and is very influenced by them. We cannot think that the baby does not realize when a mother holds the baby in her arms and is anxious, frightened and very tense, because the baby feels it.
We must be very respectful of this sensitivity of the child and try to be calm and controlled in the attitudes we have towards him.
If the mother is not calm, she has doubts, she is worried, she must speak to the pediatrician or to someone close to her to be reassured.