When you’re expecting your first baby there are many issues that you may be unsure of. Sometimes experienced parents and even some health care physicians take for granted that you already know many of these things when most likely you don’t. So where do you turn to for advice? Here you will find some of the most common things new parents are expected to know but don’t.
One of the first decisions you will need to make if you have a baby boy is whether or not to have him circumcised. If you’re like most new parents this is one of the last things you’ve thought about throughout the pregnancy. Now you’re faced with making the decision whether to have him circumcised or not. What do you do? Circumcision is one of those things that can have several health benefits for your child but not something that is absolutely necessary.
If you choose to have your son circumcised you can rest assured that it will not cause any serious emotional trauma that will effect him for life. However, some of the benefits include lowering his risk for urinary tract infections and greatly reducing the risks of penile cancer. You may want to take a little time before you’re ready to delivery to learn more about circumcision so you can make a good informed decision for your new son.
Many new parents-to-be don’t understand what a caesarian is and why it may be necessary. Sometimes, there will be complications during the delivery and when this happens it may be necessary to have a caesarian. There are a number of different types of complications that can arise such as the baby not being in the correct position or you may not go into labor on your own and it’s unsafe to wait any longer. If you’re at high risk your doctor should discuss the possibility of having a caesarian during your office visits. However, keep in mind, sometimes it may be a last minute decision and something that must be done fast in order to protect you or your baby.
Once you get home with your newborn one of the first obstacle you will run into is giving your infant a bath. This may be a little more difficult than you imagined if you don’t have any experience. After all, you have the umbilical cord to deal with and newborns seem so fragile. The most important thing to remember is that you only need to sponge bathe your newborn for the first couple of weeks. Your doctor will give you directions for cleaning the umbilical cord, which usually consist of using a cotton ball and alcohol. After a couple of weeks the stump will dry up and fall off. Once this happens you can begin using that baby bath you’ve been waiting to try out. If anything seems odd or if the stump appears to be infected contact your baby’s doctor for instructions.
One of the biggest fears of all new parents is SIDS or crib death. No one knows exactly why this occurs in some infants but it’s a real concern and something you should be aware of. Studies have shown that some infants are more susceptible to SIDS than others. These include premature babies, females and minorities. Infants of young single mothers and newborns in a home with smokers are at high risk for crib death. Don’t be misled by the myth that you can reduce the risk of SIDS by sleeping with your infant, it’s only a myth. In fact, studies have shown this can increase the chances of your baby having SIDS. It’s recommended that you place your infant on his or her back when sleeping to help reduce the danger of SIDS.
New parents are faced with many questions and concerns that may seem overwhelming. These are just a few of the main problems new parents must deal with. If you have any questions before or after your baby is born, don’t hesitate to talk with your doctor, a family member or a friend. The better you understand how to deal with the problems you face the easier the transition to parenthood will be. No question is too small or unimportant to ask when it concerns your new baby.