We asked some well-respected local pediatricians for their best advice for new parents. Whether it’s fevers, sleep habits or parental diet…these docs have an answer!
Ailing Chen, MD
Pediatrician, Women & Children’s Center and Caughman Health Center
Blanchard Valley Health System
Babies must be put to sleep on their backs. And it is also to better to sleep along, without mom or dad. Sleeping in the same bed could cause respiratory issues or SIDS.
Andrew Ritz, MD
Pediatrician, Blanchard Valley Pediatrics
Blanchard Valley Health System
Always put babies to bed awake from the time they’re born. This allows the infant to learn to fall asleep on their own.
Michael Badik, DO
Jill Badik, DO
Family Medicine Doctors
ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital
The best advice for new parents is to always remember to take time for themselves especially during the first couple of weeks, rest when the baby rests and remember every child is different whether they are siblings or friends’ children. Just because your first child or a friend’s child acted this way does not mean that your child will act the same. Also it is impossible to spoil your child before they turn six months old, so hold, hug and kiss your child as much as possible.
Mothers need to make sure they eat a proper diet, continue to take their prenatal vitamins, drink lots of fluids (water) and get as much rest as possible when breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is more difficult for some people than expected. New moms should not feel like a failure if they are unable to breastfeed or have some dificulties.
Dr. Christian Meade
Mercy Pediatric Associates
Mercy Tiffin Hospital
Babies up to two months of age should not get fevers. If your child does get a fever of 100.4 degrees or above, don’t wait to contact your pediatrician.
The umbilical cord should fall off in its own time if kept clean and dry. It should not swabbed with alcohol as this can cause a delays with its falling off.
Caring and Compassionate
The Executive Nanny is a nanny placement agency located in Toledo and also serves communities ranging from Ann Arbor to Findlay. The Executive Nanny assists families in locating nannies to care for their children with a screening process for all applicants, and strives for successful, long-term matches between families and caregivers. Below is a list of tips and tricks to find the ideal person to watch over your little one while you’re away.
•Take the search and screening
•Interview the candidate face to face and watch the caregiver interact with your
children before leaving them alone
•Be sure to check references, personal
•Conduct thorough background checks
• Search for the candidate on the Internet including sites such as Facebook
•Be clear regarding your expectations
and job description
•Negotiate generous wages and benefits
•Trust your intuition
•For more info visit www.execnanny.com
Taking a snooze
Bed sharing is a topic that inspires much debate. It is a common practice in many cultures and still carried out to this day. But in western civilization it is uncommon and almost looked down upon. There are pros and cons to it. This works best for breast-fed babies who need to be nursed every two to three hours, at least for a few weeks. Moms can nurse the baby in the reclined position and so can be at least resting if not sleeping during the feed, which definitely helps parents get more rest and sleep. Having a newborn is a huge adjustment and a tremendous task, made worse by being perpetually tired and sleep-deprived. Exhausted parents can put their relationship at risk of strain. On the flip side, there is the theoretical risk of SIDS, and dependence of the child on the parents and possibly poor physical relationship between the parents. In my opinion, it works best for a short period of time, especially for breast-fed babies, until they are able to sleep through the night, which is usually about three to four months. (Toledo twins Jayden and Jaysean, 11 months old, share a peaceful naptime, right)
Dr. Jane Chikkala
Flower Hospital Pediatricians
To nurse or not to nurse?
Preparing for a new baby can be all-consuming. What to buy? What to do? What to wipe? Feeding a baby seems pretty straight forward, however, if you’re planning to nurse here are a few easy tips!
Learn why breastfeeding is important for both mother and baby’s health
•Breastfeeding protects babies from infections and illnesses for as long as the baby is nursing.
•Babies who do not get mother’s milk are more likely to get illnesses like diarrhea, ear infections and pneumonia. Formula-fed babies are twice as likely to be hospital- ized in the first year.
•Getting mother’s milk for over four months also helps protect babies from obesity, allergies and SIDS.
We are learning more and more how important mother’s milk is to establishing a good immune system for life.
•Mothers who breastfeed have a de- creased risk of breast and
ovarian cancer. It also helps to lose weight, cope better with stress and reduces the risks of osteoporosis and heart disease.
•Health professionals recommend mother’s milk as the only food for the first six months. Then, continu- ing along with other food until the baby is at least 12 months old. (Jillian Butler of Findlay is as precious as her flower, right)
Surround yourself with support — how to get a good start and maintain a good milk supply
•Breastfeeding does not have to be harder; it just works dif ferently than formula-feeding. Many problems with breastfeeding are because we expect a breast-fed
baby to feed and sleep in similar patterns as a formula-fed baby. Breastfeeding takes more time than formula-feeding in the first weeks, but less time after that. And, mothers quickly realize breastfeeding becomes part of their relationship with their baby and a way to show their love.
•Taking a breastfeeding class can help a lot with this. Blanchard Valley Hospital classes are taught by Lactation Consultants. We cover how to get baby on easily
and well, the first day feeding patterns, and how to know your baby is getting enough milk. We also answer questions about equip ment and going back to work.
Find professional resources and use them
•Problems that occur with breast feeding have solutions. The earlier a problem is recognized and a
feeding plan followed, the easier it will be for everyone in the long run. This is why we have Interna- tional Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs). We can look at the breastfeeding process as well as the mother and baby to identify problems and form a plan to help mothers meet their goals.
•Blanchard Valley and Bluffton Hospitals have International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) on staff. The “IBCLC” is the only standardized, board certi- fied lactation credential avail able. When in the hospital, the nursing staff assists all new moth- ers here and the IBCLCs see breast- feeding mothers most days of the year. Mothers may also call for one-on-one help if followup for problems or questions arise.
•Attending a mother’s breastfeed- ing support group is highly recom mended as a way to receive sup- port and learn how the breastfeed- ing relationship and feedings change with a return to work or school or simply as the baby grows.
Monthly groups meet at both hospitals. Call 419-423-5518 for more information and to speak with our staff IBCLCs, Natalie
•For a listing of other area breast feeding resources in Northwest Ohio, go to www.perinatalconsor- tium.org. Additional resources are the 2010 8th edition of The Wom- anly Art of Breastfeeding and The
Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to
Making More Milk by West and Maras Co. My current favorite websites are www.LLLI.org and www.kellymom.com.
Don’t spend a lot of money on equipment
•It may not be necessary. Wait until you know it will work well for your situation.
Avoid trying to do too much after the birth and don’t be afraid to ask for help
•Many parents lose sleep during the
labor and delivery process. Learn- ing to know your new baby and how to breasfeed takes time. Too much company or activity can make it hard to get enough rest. Schedule your own visiting hours in the hospital and at home if
needed so you have plenty of quiet time as a new family. Accept any help offered with meals or house cleaning those first weeks as you adjust to everything.
Natalie Shenk, BS, RN, IBCLC
Blanchard Valley Health System