After giving birth, it is incredibly challenging to take care of your newborn on your own. If you do not have an immediate family member to help you in Murfreesboro, TN, Highland Family Medicine is here to provide professional newborn care. We’ll take care of your little one while you recover and get back to health. Dr. Helton and his team are trained healthcare professionals and will assure you that your baby is in good hands.
A newborn brings a whirlwind of activity to your life. At first, newborn care might seem limited to round-the-clock feeding, bathing, diapering, and soothing — but there’s more to ensuring newborn health than these basics.
Other newborn health concerns include caring for your newborn’s skin, decoding your newborn’s cries, and promoting your newborn’s development.
Remember, part of taking good care of your newborn involves caring for yourself. Sneak in as much sleep as possible, and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need a break.
Newborn Care Assistance
Newborn care can turn your life upside down, and newborn health concerns can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, there’s no rule that only you and your partner should be the only two people to shoulder everything.
You can always ask and rely on your parents for temporary help in caring for your child. Moreover, there are newborn care services like Highland Family Medicine Newborn Care services that you can trust.
Appreciate the joy your newborn brings to your life — and cope with everything else one day at a time.
There are many benefits to keeping babies close to their parents. We encourage you to hold your newborn baby naked (except for a diaper) on your own skin, with a blanket covering you both, during your awake and alert times. Babies who are frequently held skin-to-skin:
Delayed First Bath
A creamy, protective substance called vernix is present on the skin of many newborn babies. We often give the first shampoo but intentionally do not bathe babies in their first few days because leaving this substance to absorb into your baby’s skin helps protect against dryness and bacterial infections.
Vitamin K and Erythromycin Eye Ointment
Your baby will typically receive a Vitamin K injection and an antibiotic eye ointment shortly after birth. Vitamin K protects against rare but serious bleeding problems, and erythromycin prevents bacterial infections that can be present in the birth canal.
If you wish, you can delay these by an hour or so to keep your baby skin-to-skin. Because Vitamin K protects the baby from bleeding problems in the first 24 hours, giving it as early as possible (within an hour after birth) is best.
The first time you hold your newborn in the delivery room is a great time to start breastfeeding. In the beginning, your body will produce small amounts of a special milk called colostrum that will help protect your baby from infection. (Your baby’s tummy is very tiny, so he/she only needs these small amounts to fill up. As her tummy grows, your milk will change, and you’ll produce more of it.)
Screening identifies most babies born with disorders so that treatment can start immediately. A heel prick is used to take a few drops of the baby’s blood and send it for testing.
Your baby will stay with you during these screenings. If your baby requires additional testing in another area of the hospital, you or a family member are always welcome to accompany your baby.
You are not alone and should never choose to be alone when caring for your newborn. Highland Family Medicine has been with the community of Murfreesboro, TN, for more than a decade, offering assistance to parents struggling with newborn care. We’ll give the same care and love to your child as if he/she were our own.
Whether you need an hour of assistance every day or a full 8 hours to allow you to sleep properly, we’re here to help. We can set up a daily visit to your home, giving you the utmost convenience and professional support. Please get in touch with us so we can schedule an appointment and know our newborn care services work.
Highland Family Medicine and its doctors, Dr. Helton, Dr. Housden, and Dr. Hardin, have been serving and treating the community of Murfreesboro, TN, and surrounding areas for over two decades.
Collectively, they have treated more than 20,000 patients. Highland Family Medicine specializes in comprehensive health care for people of all ages, treating most ailments and non-emergencies.
Please don’t hesitate to call the Highland Family Medicine doctor’s office. Dr. Helton, Dr. Housden, and Dr. Hardin are professionals and ready to serve.