If you are new to being a parent, it may be very exciting, but you may also feel very worried about caring your own baby. There are lots of things to know to ensure that your baby will not be put into trouble. Here are some basics of baby caring:
Your baby might have some white-yellow sticky colored liquid in his eyes, especially in the corners. It may be unilateral (one eye) or bilateral (both eyes). To clean this, use a wet swab, but not a swab that is dripping with liquid. Gently move the swab from the inside to the outside. Do this first in the upper eyelid.
Whenever your baby has a common cold, his nose may be blocked due to hardened mucous. This may cause your baby to feel irritated or may obstruct his sleep. Don’t try to clean it using your fingers. The best way is to use a pediatric nasal drops, which you can obtain from your doctor. Put a single drop on each of the nostrils and wait for some time until the hard mucous loosens. After that, use a cotton bud to remove the filths outside the nose.
You might notice a thick brown wax inside your baby’s ear. For adults, it is immediate that you should clean this thing, but for babies it is better to leave it there because it protects their ears from external infection. The best way to prevent its thickening is to use a wet cloth and wipe his outer ear. Don’t follow old practices such as the Indian practice, which they use oil to clean the baby’s ears.
Removing and Cleaning the Nails
Even though your baby is still young, his nails are already strong and sharp. He may hurt himself, you or other persons with these nails. It is why it is really needed to be cut. They say that the best period of time in removing these nails is when your baby is sleeping. Some experts suggest that do this when your baby is sleeping and suckling your breast. When your baby is feeding on the right side of your breast, cut on the left side nails and vice versa. Use a baby nail clipper to cut the nails.
To clean the baby’s mouth, you should use a soft cloth that is wet. However, if your baby still doesn’t have primary teeth, you don’t have to worry about cleaning your baby’s mouth. Also try to avoid old practices like using honey or glycerin in cleaning the mouth because it may dry wet tissues inside the oral cavity.
Cleaning the Genitals
The genital of your baby is prone to infection, especially for baby girls. It is why cleaning it regularly is important and be sure to do it gently. For baby girls, clean it starting from the front to back. For baby boys, don’t push the foreskin too much since it protects the penis of your baby.