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If all is well, most babies cry immediately after birth. Most then quietly gaze with large open eyes at their surroundings before falling asleep. But some might stay awake and want to feed. If your baby seems ready, you can try breastfeeding within a few minutes of birth. Enjoy these first wondrous cries, they signal that your baby's respiratory and circulatory systems are making a successful transition from life inside your womb to life outside it. Newborns may continue to cry because they're shocked by the transition to the outside world. Every baby is different. Some might feel hungry or cold but aren't able to express it by crying. If your pediatrician has determined everything is fine with your newborn, they may simply still be learning how to cry. Still, as long as your baby's needs are met, there's no issue with them not crying as much. Newborn crying jags are inevitable. On any given day, a newborn might cry for up to two hours or even longer. Babies do indeed feel pain, and that they process it similarly to adults. Until as recently as the 1980s, researchers assumed newborns did not have fully developed pain receptors, and believed that any responses babies had to pokes or pricks were merely muscular reactions.  As quickly as possible, a new baby is placed in your arms. Often, the baby is placed skin-to-skin on your chest right after birth. Some babies will breastfeed right away. In the first hour or 2 after birth, most babies are in an alert, wide awake phase. Abstract. Vociferous, shrill, and piercing-the first cry of the newborn infant signals that a new and separate life has begun. Separated from the body of the mother, the newborn cry serves to call for care, support, and protection. Developing babies need oxygen beginning early in pregnancy. But a baby won't take their first breath until after birth. This means that babies don't truly breathe in the womb. Instead, the umbilical cord provides the baby with oxygen until the first breath. There are no nerve endings in your baby's cord, so it doesn't hurt when it is cut. What's left attached to your baby is called the umbilical stump, and it will soon fall off to reveal an adorable belly button. Your baby may have some of your blood on their skin and perhaps vernix, the greasy white substance that protects your baby's skin in the womb. If you prefer, you can ask the midwife to dry your baby and wrap them in a blanket before your cuddle. Mucus may need to be cleared out of your baby's nose and mouth. The first cry is critical to initiate successful transition from fetal circulation, where the baby is completely dependent on the mother and placenta for gas exchange, to life outside the womb where the baby must use its own lungs to sustain life. Read related article: Do's And Don'ts When Taking Care Of A Newborn Baby What New Parents Need To Know About Natural Childbirth What New Parents Need To Know About Natural Childbirth
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Newborns don't have a strong immune system yet, so they're at risk for infection. Make sure that everyone who handles your baby has clean hands. Wash your hands or use a hand sanitizer before handling your baby. Always support your newborn's head and neck. To pick up baby, slide one hand under baby's head and neck and the other hand under their bottom. Bend your knees to protect your back. Once you've got a good hold, scoop up your baby and bring baby close to your chest as you straighten your legs again.   Five Things That You Need To Do To A Newborn Baby:    Wash your hands before touching a baby - Until your baby is at least two months old, it's an excellent idea to ask visitors to wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water before holding your baby. Set yourself and immediate family members the same rule. Washing with soap and water is best, but most alcohol-based sanitizers are fine to use on young children as long as you handle them with care: Use just a pea-size amount and rub your child's hands until they're completely dry so he doesn't try to lick or swallow any gel, then store the bottle safely out of reach. Hold the baby like a football - Prone over arm can be a part of tummy time sessions. Place your baby over your forearm supporting their head in the natural bend of your elbow and resting your opposite arm between baby's legs supporting them with your hand at their tummy or shoulder. Keep your baby upright after feeding - Always burp your baby when feeding time is over. To help prevent the milk from coming back up, keep your baby upright after feeding for 10 to 15 minutes, or longer if your baby spits up or has GERD. Keep your baby upright after a feed. Once your baby has finished feeding, try not to lay him down for a nap or a nappy change straight away. But don't worry if your baby spits sometimes.  Immunization is important - Your child should receive their first doses of most vaccines during their first two years of life. They may need several doses of the vaccines to reach full protection. For example, the CDC recommends children receive their first dose of the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine at 12 months of age or older. No matter the schedule you choose to follow, Bacillus Calmette Guerin (BCG), Hepatitis B (HB 1), and Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV 0) are the 3 main vaccines given to every newborn right after birth. Different doses and vaccines will then follow when your child is 6 weeks, 10 weeks, and 14 weeks old. Trimming your baby’s nails - You may not need to cut your baby's nails for the first few months. Newborns' nails are very soft and will probably be worn down by their clothing. However, babies can't control their arm or leg movements for the first 6 weeks. If their nails are sharp or jagged, they may scratch themselves. Massage the child's hands or rub them with a towel before cutting his/her nails to desensitize his/her skin. Play music while you cut the child's nails to play down the sound produced by the nail clipper.   Five Things That You Should Not Do To A Newborn Baby:    Don’t bounce a fussy newborn - Offer a swaddle. This snug wrap in a receiving blanket keeps your little bundle feeling secure. Don't get discouraged. It's long been thought that for most babies, crying peaks at six weeks and then gradually eases off. Your baby's cry is how they communicate with you. Babies cry so they can be fed, put to sleep, or have their diaper changed. All babies cry. Don’t extend your baby forward to someone else - Protecting the head and neck is the priority when passing your newborn to someone else. Introducing your baby to others at home can be challenging. If you have other kids, be sure to spend some quality time with each of them. Rather than holding the baby out in front of you, have the other person come close, facing you. Don't Put Your Newborn on Their Stomach at Bedtime - It isn't safe to put babies to sleep on their stomachs. That's because this position increases the risk of SIDS. The same goes for placing your baby to sleep on his side. From the side-sleeping position, your little one can easily roll onto his stomach and end up in this unsafe sleeping position. Don’t kiss a newborn baby - A newborn baby's immune system is underdeveloped, and whilst they're not fully immunised, it makes them highly vulnerable to severe infections. Many pediatricians warn against strangers kissing babies due to their vulnerable immune systems, as infants are at particular risk of RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus), allergic reactions, fever blisters and foot and mouth disease. Don't hold a baby if you are tired - Remember that safe sleep is a must. “Too frequently, exhausted parents fall asleep holding their baby and wake up hours later to find the baby in a dangerous position,” says Dr. Ahmann. “If you're tired, put your baby back in the crib. Having a baby is hard work, and when you finally see your little one for the first time, you might be overcome with emotion after waiting such a long time to give birth. Read related articles: What New Parents Need To Know About Natural Childbirth Importance Of Self Care During Pregnancy and Welcome Baby Party: A Sip And See
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The Bible is clear that children are to be looked upon as a blessing, not an inconvenience.  In a US study, researchers actually found that dads brains change more when they parent a girl and discovered that fathers have different brain responses when they interact with their toddler daughters than they do when they play with their toddler sons. A daughter is the biggest strength, support system, and also, the weakest link of her parents. Without you realising, she changes you and makes you a better person.   Scientific Reasons To Have Daughters: Daughters make men more generous. They make parents more likely to favor gender equality.  They're more likely to support their aging parents financially.  Having two is apparently the recipe for happiness.  They can grow up into friends.  They make dads live longer.   When parents are old, daughters become more responsible than sons. This is because before marriage they care of their own parents and after marriage they take care of their family. Hence the essence of responsibility never dies in daughters. Daughters are more understanding and tolerant when compared to sons. Perks of having a son: You learn that boys do cry.  You learn that toys are toys.  You get to help shape a well-rounded, sensitive, respectful man.  Your expectations and beliefs are challenged.  You can better understand your partner (or dad or brother or friend) . You have the opportunity to nurture a tight bond.   The Clothes. Sure, baby girls' clothes might be cuter, but boys' togs are simpler and fewer in number, which makes a new mama's life much easier. This simplicity comes with a hidden bonus: you won't spend nearly as much money dressing your little guy as you would a girl. Sons express and build trust and hence are good communicators. Moms encourage their sons to express their feelings and are quite patient to them. Compared to dads, moms are usually soft-spoken and good listeners. Moms not only nurture their children but they also take care of their homeworks, playtime and other things. Male babies on average have greater difficulty self-regulating their emotional state and therefore have a greater reliance on emotional support, especially from their mother. While it may seem taboo to admit you have a preference for the sex of your unborn child, it's OK to admit your dreams. Giving birth is a miracle, whether it's a boy or a girl. Each and every time a baby presents to the world and takes his or her first breath, it is a guarantee that life goes on. Parents and family members rejoice and make plans for their future with their newest member.  Read related blogs: Why Having A Daughter Is Always Better and So Much Joy In This Little Boy
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Caesarean section, also known as C-section or caesarean delivery, is the surgical procedure by which one or more babies are delivered through an incision in the mother's abdomen, often performed because vaginal delivery would put the baby or mother at risk.   Babies born by Caesarean section have dramatically different gut bacteria to those born vaginally, according to the largest study in the field. The UK scientists say these early encounters with microbes may act as a "thermostat" for the immune Increasingly, researchers are finding that c-sections are linked to both short and long-term health problems for baby. Short-term problems include breathing difficulty, risk of head/facial laceration from surgery, breastfeeding difficulties, and delayed bonding.   There's usually no limit to the number of caesarean sections that you can have. But the more caesareans you have, the longer each operation will take, and the higher your risk of complications becomes. If you've had a caesarean in the past, it's still possible to give birth to your baby vaginally. Because first-time C-sections often lead to C-sections in future pregnancies, a vaginal birth is generally the preferred method of delivery for first pregnancies. About 2 in 3 babies in the United States are born via vaginal delivery, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. As with any major surgery there are several risks associated with a cesarean delivery. These include blood clots, hemorrhaging, and reaction to the anesthesia. Some of the main risks to you of having a caesarean include: infection of the wound,  causing redness, swelling, increasing pain and discharge from the wound. infection of the womb lining,  symptoms include a fever, tummy pain, abnormal vaginal discharge and heavy vaginal bleeding.   The prevalence of maternal mortality and maternal morbidity is higher after CS than after vaginal birth. CS is associated with an increased risk of uterine rupture, abnormal placentation, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth, and preterm birth, and these risks increase in a dose–response manner.
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Taste buds are found mostly on the tongue, but also on the roof of the mouth and along the lining of the throat. At birth, babies have about 10,000 taste buds. You'll have between 2,000 and 8,000 taste buds as an adult they get replaced every few weeks. But as you age, some stop working or aren't replaced. The truth is that babies are born with a sense of taste - they actually develop taste buds in the womb. Your baby absorbs the flavors of the mother's food choices during pregnancy through amniotic fluid. And as your baby grows, their sense of taste changes and they can distinguish different flavors. In fact, as a baby they may have a wider distribution of taste buds in their mouth than you do as an adult. Babies who smack their lips in satisfaction at a new flavour make most parents happy. But breast milk or baby formula are the best food for your baby during those first six months. From four to six months onwards, your baby can start tasting regular food.  Taste buds in newborns can be found on the tonsils as well as the usual places like the tongue. During their first three months, your baby can distinguish between sweet and bitter tastes. A study conducted by researchers at the University of Montreal has concluded that the smell of infants triggers a physiological response in mothers similar to that experienced by hungry people presented with a delicious meal.   Most experts suggest not introducing sweets for the first year of your child's life. You want them to develop a taste for other, healthier food items first. But realistically, there are no specific medical guidelines for introducing chocolate to your baby. The American Association for Paediatrics suggests that chocolate should not be given to children before the age of two (1) because it is a source of refined sugar. But it is also best avoided by young children because of its caffeine content. Infants can't process solid foods early on, but they do have taste buds. Infant taste buds develop in the womb, so this statement is FALSE. They can taste things that their mother ingests because it gets into the amniotic fluid around them that they swallow.   A baby's first taste buds appear on their tongue while they're still in the womb. A newborn can taste sweet, sour, bitter, and savory. But a child's taste buds are different from an adult's. Infants and children have a higher concentration of taste buds that are receptive to sweet tastes. Scientists believe this is to make them more receptive to their mother's milk.  
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Natural childbirth is giving birth using no medicines at all, instead using techniques such as relaxation and controlled breathing for pain. For many, having a natural childbirth isn't about being "brave",  it's about treating labor and delivery as natural events. Labor and delivery can last several hours, and it is painful. The more you know, the better prepared you'll be. I recommend taking childbirth classes, which cover everything from deep breathing and pain relief to C-sections. Every labor is unique, and sometimes things don't go exactly as planned. Baby gets huge benefits when delivered by natural birth. Vaginally born babies have more diversified microbiomes, fewer allergies, and less risk of obesity, asthma, and diabetes in childhood and later. While the experience is different for everyone, labor usually feels like extremely strong menstrual cramps that take your breath away and make you unable to talk. As labor continues and the pain worsens, the pregnant person tunes out stimuli and adopts a tunnel vision, focusing on the labor and getting the baby out. For first-time moms, labor may take anywhere from 12 to 18 hours, and perhaps longer. For moms who have given birth before, labor can sometimes be shorter; however, each birth is different. Some babies are born in several hours; others might take 10 hours or longer. According to the World Health Organization, 90% to 95% of the entire world's births are normal. According to the Public Citizen Health Research Group, certified nurse-midwives have a cesarean section rate of 11.6% compared with a national average of 23.3%. While many mothers choose to use epidurals during labor, other mothers opt for unmedicated births. As Dr. Edna Ma, an anesthesiologist explains, the decision is ultimately a maternal choice. "Health professionals should respect a mother's choice and her autonomy, provided there is no harm to the mom or baby. Some people describe the feeling as being like intense period cramps, others say it feels like a tightening or pounding feeling in your uterus or across your belly, others describe the feeling as being like very intense muscle cramps, while still, other people describe contractions as being like the sort of wrenching. Pain during labor is caused by contractions of the muscles of the uterus and by pressure on the cervix. This pain can be felt as strong cramping in the abdomen, groin, and back, as well as an achy feeling. Some women experience pain in their sides or thighs as well. Only about one in 100 women have the variant, which reduces the ability of nerve cells to send pain signals to the brain, researchers at the University of Cambridge found. The gene then acts as a natural epidural and may explain why childbirth is a less painful experience for a small number of women. Fainting during labor is extremely rare. Nature created the female body in such a way that it mobilizes all its forces when giving birth to a baby. Passing out is not a typical reaction of a woman's body to childbirth. Read Importance Of Self Care During Pregnancy and Things That Surprise You About Postpartum. Natural childbirth can be a beautiful experience. Women are inherently capable of giving birth, have a deep, intuitive instinct about birth.
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