Five Tips for New Mothers

September 2, 2017

Mother’s Day is a great day for moms but can be a nightmare for new moms who are just learning how to take care of their new baby.

Your child’s pediatrician is a good source of information when it comes to getting insight on what to expect during childhood and adolescence concerning raising your children.

1. Consult Your Doctor Prior to Giving Your Baby any Medications

Always consult your doctor to ensure a medication you give your baby is suitable for children their age. If your doctor recommends using a medication, always make sure you get information on the right amount to give to a baby.

2. If breastfeeding, Consult Your Doctor Prior to using a New Medication

You should always let your doctor know you plan to breastfeed (or are breastfeeding) before taking any medication just to make sure it’s okay to use that medication. That also goes for any vitamin or herbal supplements and anything else you can get over-the-counter. Some medications pass through your breast milk and may not be safe for the baby to consume. You also have to consider if it’s good for your health to stop a medication, which may determine if you are able to breastfeed if chronic health problems dictate you need to remain on a certain medication.

3. Use the Proper Tools to give Your Baby Medicine

When administering medicine to your baby, use the right dosing device that came with the medication. If the medicine does not already have an oral syringe, then you can always get one at a local pharmacy without a prescription. Make sure the dose you give your baby is measured exactly as it reads with the dosing device.

4. Store Medications Safely

Never keep medications for you or your baby in a child’s reach. Even if your baby is not old enough to be climbing to reach medicine, it’s a good practice to start now, so you will be in the habit of doing so when the child starts crawling.

If he medication has to be refrigerated, keep it in the refrigerator. For all other medications, you can always ask your doctor about how to store them.

5. Take Care of Yourself

Even if it seems like the baby is taking up all your time (wake and sleep), you still have to find time for yourself.  To remedy not getting enough sleep, learn how to sleep when the baby is sleeping and napping. If you are experiences signs of postpartum depression and are feeling sad a lot, then consult your doctor immediately for possible solutions. Make sure to go to your six-week postpartum appointment even if you don’t have any symptoms.

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