28 Must Do…

  1. Always keep the baby neat and clean.
  2. Cut the nails properly with care and as at when due.
  3. Wet nappy should be changed and butts should be pampered with great detergents.
  4. Much care should be on the genitals because of  fungal infection. Parts should always be kept dry.
  5. Care of the scalp is very important.Fungal infections, dermatitis etc can be prevented by proper cleaning.
  6. Tight cloths can cause irritation, hence clothes should be loose and should allow air flow.
  7. Your baby’s room should have sufficient light and ventilation.It should be dust and insects free.
  8. Separate bed preferably water proof is needed for kids .It should be arranged near mother’s bed.
  9. Always keep some music making toys near the baby.
  10. While carrying the baby support the head with your hand.Since the neck muscles are weak to prevent sudden fall.
  11. Mothers milk is the best nutrition for the baby,it also gives emotional attachment. Breast milk should be given as per the babies need preferably in mother sitting position.Proper cleaning of nipple is also necessary.Mother should take good nutritious diet throughout lactating period.
  12. If there is some contraindication for breast feeding cows milk can be given.Feeding bottle should be cleaned with warm water and should be kept dry till next use.
  13. Cows milk should be boiled and cooled.Some diseases like bovine tuberculosis, tuberculosis etc spread through raw milk.
  14. Some children are allergic to some substances like food,milk,dress,cosmetics etc . Try to find out the material causing allergy and avoid such things.
  15. Mosquito nets should be another must have. Diseases like malaria,dengue ,filariasis, yellow fever etc spread through mosquito bites. Mosquito bite can also produce skin eruptions with some allergic reactions.It also disturbs sound sleep.
  16.  A calm atmosphere should be maintained for a good sleep.Compared to adults, infants need more sleep.It is said that growth hormone secretion is activated during sleep.
  17. Growth development behavioral evolution, motor development, personal social development, language development etc should be noted down in relation to age. However parents need not be over anxious because slight variations are seen from individual to individual.
  18. Assessment of growth by taking note of height and weight is necessary.
  19.  In the early months of life infant may defecate after every feeding time .Proper toilet training should be given when the infant grows.Toilet seat  could be introduced by the age of ten months.
  20. The toilet seat (potty seat) should be cleaned with antiseptic liquid before and after use.It should not be shared by other children.
  21.  If the baby shows some signs of distress like excessive crying,convulsions,fever with rigor,stiffness of neck,frequent vomiting and diarrhea bluish discoloration of the body,difficult breathing with grunting, etc pay attention and consult your pediatrician.
  22. A first aid box should be kept in the room ,which should contain sterile cotton,dressing materials,antiseptic lotion and ointment and forceps. Separate book should be maintained to note down the phone numbers of doctors, ambulance,police etc.
  23. Child’s medicines should be kept in separate box.Information regarding dose and mode of administration should be written in a paper and affixed on the box.
  24. While driving keep the baby in separate seat belt preferably at the back and make sure you have a “baby on board” sign at the back of your Car..
  25. When you are going out with the baby keep an identity card with your phone number and address inside his small pocket.
  26. When the infant starts walking always accompany him to prevent a fall and injuries
  27.  In emergencies take the first aid measures and take the victim to nearby hospital.

Choking :–The baby may swallow some solid objects and cause obstruction. Immediately make the baby to lie on the abdomen in head low position and press the abdomen backwards and towards the chest. Stroking the upper back is also useful. If no result call a trained person to take the material with the help of forceps.

Accidental poisoning:– Try to takeout the poisonous substance and induce vomiting (except kerosene & acids). Wash the body with water to reduce absorption through skin.Identify the poison and take the victim to the hospital.

Burns:–First of all remove the source of heat and put clean cold water.Burned cloths should not be removed immediately. Cover the wound with sterile cotton and take to nearby hospital.

Wounds :–Clean the wound with clean water and stop the bleeding by compressing,raising the wound above the level of heart or use a tourniquet to compress blood vessels. Then dress the wound with sterile cotton and bandage and consult a doctor.

Drowning in bath tub:–Take the baby immediately and keep in head low position ,press the abdomen gently or give a mouth to mouth sucking till the air way is clear. Give mouth to mouth breathing and cardiac massage and take the victim to the hospital.

Electric shock:–Stop the source of current. Then observe the victim,if no breathing give mouth to mouth breath along with cardiac massage and take to the hospital.

28, And the last but not the least, give your child maximum care, love and support to make him healthy and happy for ever.