2 Handling a baby Holding the baby Bedtime routines Changed, fed, bathed, dressed, cuddled and hugged.Safety and physical care and emotional bondingBe careful with newborns as their neck muscles are not strong (by 4 mo they can hold their head)Bedtime routinesEssential for growth, development and for the brain to work properlyWhen chemicals are released the aid in growthCells working to repair themselvesSome sleep more than othersKeep in mind safety: remove pillows, fluffy blankets, puffy bumper pads and stuffed toys to prevent suffocation; place them face up to help prevent SIDSRelaxed and pleasant – keep a consistent routine: warm bath, reading a story, rocking them gently, put them in crib, kiss goodnight and leave the room; ignore cries then will fall asleep within a few minutes(what works for you and check if cry for more than 15 minutes)
3 Handling a baby continued… Sleep PatternsDecreases during first yearNewborn may sleep 12 to 20 hoursResponding to CriesIt is important to respond to their cries (only let them cry when putting to sleep)Do they have a wet diaper, are they cold, are they hungry, are they in pain or sick, are they startled by a loud noiseComfortable, fed, and dryShaken Baby SyndromeA condition that occurs when someone severely shakes a baby, usually in an effort to make her stop cryingCan lead to brain damage, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, blindness, breaks bones, injures neck or spine, causes death
4 When you feel you are going to lose control…. Put the baby down in a safe place, go into another room, take some deep breaths or look out the window and calm downAsk a friend or relative to care for the baby for a few hoursCall someone and talk about the problemCall a parenting hotline or take the baby to a crisis nursery if available in your area. Both can give immediate help and teach you how to handle stress in the future.A BABY CANNOT PURPOSELY AGGRAVEATE (ANGER) A PARENT
5 Handling a Newborn Safely Lifting a newbornSlide one hand under the baby’s bottom and the other under the shoulders and head. Use your forearm to support the neck and head as you raise your hands together to lift the newbornHolding a newborn in your armsHold the baby upright, cradled in the curve of your arm. Your arm supports the baby’s head and neck. You can easily maintain eye contact with the baby.Holding a newborn against your chestHold the baby against your chest, so that the baby faces or peeks over your shoulder. Use your hand to support the baby’s neck and head.Putting a newborn downContinue to support the neck, head, and body. Bend over and rest the child on a surface that can support the baby’s body. Then remove your arms.
6 How much do babies sleep AgeHours of sleepdescriptionNewborn16Takes four or five naps a day, each about 3 to 4 hours.Between each nap is a period of wakefulness that may last a few hours.3 months14 to 15Total amount of sleep decreases but takes longer naps – about 4 to 5 hours long.Longer sleeping periods at night.4 months12 to 14Takes naps midmorning and late afternoon.Sleeps at night.6 monthsSleeps about six hours a night.Takes two long naps in the day.1 year12 hoursSleeps about 9 to 10 hours at night.May take one or two naps in the day.
7 Parenting Skills – What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexpected death of an infant with no obvious cause. The baby dies during sleep, with no crying and no evidence of struggle. The vast majority of children who die of SIDS are between two and four months old. However, SIDS can affect infants up to twelve months old. SIDS happens to about 2,500 infants each year in the United StatesThe cause of SIDS is unknown, but researchers have identified some groups who are more at risk. Among those groups, the most likely victims are male babies who had a low birth weight. Premature babies, babies who live with a person who smokes, and babies who sleep on their stomachs also have a greater risks of SIDS.To reduce the risk of SIDS:Put babies to sleep on their backsAvoid smoking both during pregnancy and after the baby is bornAvoid exposing the baby to smoke from othersTake charge. Research to find out more about the back to sleep campaign sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Create a flyer to explain the 10 ways you can help prevent SIDS.
8 Feeding an infant Nutritional needs Breast milk Contains all the nutrients they needIt contains antibodies – a substance produced by the body to fight off germsColostrum (first breast milk) is especially rich in nutrients and antibodiesIs germ-free and easy to digestGet fewer ear infections, respiratory infections and allergies and less likely to develop asthmaDoes lack vitamin D but our skins makes this when exposed to sunWorld Health Organization encourages mothers to breast feed for at least 1 year of best possible nutrition and start in lifeBaby formulaEspecially made to meet babies’ nutritional needsCows milk has been modified to eliminated digestive problemsSoy based is available3 forms: ready to use, concentrated liquid mixed with water and powder mixed with waterFeeding SchedulesUnpredictable at first – feed them as much as often as they want to eatSmall stomachs so eat frequentlyBreast fed babies eat 8-12 times a dayFormula fed babies eat every 3-4 hoursAfter they weight 12 pounds they generally don’t need a late night feeding
9 Feeding an infant continued… Feeding MethodsBreast feedingNatural but doesn’t always come naturally – it takes practiceBottle feedingBottle washed in dishwasher or linerCan be stored up to 24 hrs in refrigeratorBabies prefer at room temperature or warm – do so in a pan of warm water or using bottle warmer (NEVER IN MICROWAVE)Don’t put to bed with as the milk can cause tooth decay and increases risk ear infectionsThrow out what they do not eat as bacteria can grow and cause infectionBurping the babySwallow air as drink that needs to be expelledTwice during feedingFind comfortable position (lay across knees or over chest or sitting in lap)Pat on back gentlyProtect clothingOk if don’t actually burp
10 Feeding an infant continued… Introducing Solid Foods 4-6 monthsWeaning – is changing from drinking from the bottle or breast to a cupNo set time but typically between 9 and 12 monthsThe gradual approach is bestSelf feedingWhen they can sit up steadily in a high chair, they can start to eat with their fingers and reach for a spoonAround 8 or 10 monthsImportant milestones as it signals increased independenceFinger foods they can pick upAvoid foods that could get stuck in their throat: raw vegetables, hot dogs, nuts, peanut butter, whole grapes, candy, chips, pretzels and popcorn (hard, round food)Good: food that breaks easily: dry toast, cereal pieces, small pieces of chicken, small pieces cooked pasta, chunks of bananaBy 18 months they have mastered the spoonNutritional concernsBalance of grains, fruits, vegetables and proteinEat when hungry not on scheduleEat enough calories to provide for activity and rapid growthEat foods that provide key nutrients, such as vitamins and mineralsAdequate amounts of liquidSome infants don’t get the right types of food others have medical problems that prevent them from absorbing nutrientsMalnutrition – inadequate nutrition – linked to poor brain development thus learning difficulties and lasting physical problems
11 Feeding an infant continued… Allergies – oversensitivity to a particular common substance that is harmless to most peopleBody immune system attacks the substanceEat, breath in, injected or touchMild (puffy, itchy eyes) or severe (anaphylactic shock that makes breathing difficult)Runs in familiesSigns: excessive crying, vomiting after feeding, eight or more watery stoolsDon’t eat eggs, citrus fruits, honey, peanut butter, corn or shellfish during first year of lifeMay outgrow (eggs, milk and soy)Best treatment is to avoid the food
12 Safe Child Healthy Child – Food Poisoning Watching children enjoy new foods for the first time can be a wonderful experience. But there are some important things, such as food poisoning, to keep in mind as new foods are introduced. Botulism is a deadly form of food poisoning. Food poisoning can make children very sick. Some of the milder symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomachache, headache, weakness, and fever. Food poisoning is caused by eating foods that have not been handled properly, or by bacteria in the foods.Be prepared. Research to find other common types of food poisoning parents and caregivers should be aware of. Write a brief report about one type of food poisoning. Explain what it is, how it might affect a baby, and how to avoid it.
13 Dressing a baby Layers: they lose heat more and overheat more Durable when begin to crawlChoosing clothingSize and weightComfortable and stretches so they can move aroundNot too large they get tangledEasy to dress (example snaps in legs)Cuffs or hems that can be let down or extra buttons on straps or waistband that allow for growthHow to dress a baby – takes practicePullover garments: stretchy neck opening put head through before armsOpen front shirt: lay them down put their arms in and then buttonOne piece garment with feet: zipper or snaps that go all they way from next to toes are easiest – put in legs then arms then button
14 Expert Advice“When you comfort your baby, you are letting her know the world is a safe place and that someone cares about her feelings.” -Claire Lerner, LCAW; Amy Dombro, MS; and Karen Levine, coauthors, The Magic of Everyday Moments: 0-4 months
15 Reading CheckExplain. Why is it important to respond to a baby’s cries?Explain. What can result from malnutrition in babies?
16 QuestionsHandling a Newborn safely. Newborns must be handled with extreme care. Why is it important to support a newborn’s neck and head when lifting and holding him?Bed time safety. While a crib may seem like a safe place for infants to sleep, there are safety hazards to be aware of. What are some safety precautions when putting a baby to sleep in a crib?How much do babies sleep. Babies up to a year old sleep more than half the time. Why do babies need so much sleep?Bonding through feeding. Bottle feeding, whether with breast milk or formula, gives the father a chance to participate in the closeness of feeding an infant. What do babies gain at mealtime besides nutrients?Eating solid food. By six months old, a baby can eat solid foods. What is the first type of solid food a baby can eat?Learning to self feed. Older babies can begin to eat solid food. What are some appropriate solid foods for babies?Dressing a baby. As you dress or undress a baby, it is important to work as quickly and smoothly as possible. Why might a baby not like being dressed and undressed?
17 After you read 7.21. Describe a possible routine to use when putting a baby to bed at night.2. Identify signs that a baby has a food allergy.3. List three factors you should consider when choosing a clothing gift for a newborn.4. (ELA) Many new parents do not recognize when a young baby is not getting the proper nutrition. Do research to learn the warning signs of malnutrition in a baby. Use the information you learn to create a poster titled Signs of Malnutrition in Babies
18 After you read 7.2 continued… 5. (social studies) Research organizations in your community that help meet the nutritional needs and clothing needs of young children. Combine your findings with those of your classmates and create a directory to provide to parents of young children.