Written by Midwife and Maternal and Child Healthcare Nurse, Cath Curtin.
How do you know if your baby is developing at a normal rate? As a maternal and child health nurse some of my most frequent consultations are helping anxious mothers determine whether their baby’s behaviour is normal.
Covering prams with muslin wraps for some reason has become the norm for mums while walking babies. Our obsession with how long the baby must sleep during the day encourages mums to ‘de sensitise’ the babies’ surroundings so he will sleep and not be disturbed by the outside world.
There are some times parents play, swing, hold, grab their child thinking it’s fun…but it has me cringing with anxiety. A pulled elbow is one of them. They are completely preventable and here is a few hints to prevent this painful episode for your little one
• don’t swing your child by his arms
• don’t pick your child up by his hands
• always pick your little one up from under his arms.
Formula is food for your baby and enough of making our new mothers feel guilty about giving babies formula.
Food standards Australia New Zealand is considering placing a “warning” on tins of formula about the risks to infant health of not breastfeeding.
“When they’re little, and you go for years without a good night’s sleep, you wonder if they’ll ever make it through to morning without finding some reason to wake you up. But then one day you look at the clock and it’s 7:30 a.m……