3-Week-Old Baby

3-Week-Old Baby

May 1, 2018

3-Week-Old Baby

3-Week-Old Baby
How to feel human again, how much spit up is too much spit up and dealing with shots.3-Week-Old Baby

Self-Care: How to Feel Human as a New Mom

Between recovery from birth, breastfeeding and this clinging new amazing creature, it’s hard to feel like your own person. Here are some of our favorite ways to remind ourselves we’re human:

  • At-home pedicure (since you can reach your toes now).
  • Meditate.
  • Deep condition your hair.
  • Put on your favorite playlist.
  • Call your best friend. Put ‘em on speaker phone during a cluster feed.
  • Read a chapter in a book (or just a page).

Doctor’s Corner: 4-Week Well Baby

At your pediatrician’s appointment next week, your baby will be weighed and measured to make sure they are growing at a healthy pace, and they’ll be given a full physical. Doctors also have to do a hip exam, called the Ortolani test, where they crack your newborn’s hips to make sure they don’t have hip dysplasia. This is just as fun as it sounds. At least it will be over quickly.

If you have lots of questions stacking up, this is the best time to ask them. Keep track of them all in a notebook so you have them on hand at your appointment. Your pediatrician should be a resource to you for the next 18 years or whenever your child graduates to an internal medicine doc, so this is the beginning of a long (and hopefully positive) relationship. It’s important to build rapport and feel like you can ask them anything.

The doctor will remind you about common safety considerations: put the baby in a car seat for every ride and place your baby on their back to sleep. They may also ask about eating, pooping, sleep patterns and other recent changes.

Lastly, your baby will probably be getting their second round of the Hep B vaccine.

Quick Tip for Shots: If you’re breastfeeding, make sure the nurse gives the baby the shot before they start eating. Right after, they can latch on and be soothed quickly.

Just in case your baby gets a mild fever after the shot, check to see what the appropriate acetaminophen dosage is for their weight and keep some on hand at home.

Magical Moment

This week your little bean may start lifting and moving their head. This sounds small, but it’s monumental!

How Much Spit Up Is Too Much?

Fact: Baby’s spit up. It seems gross, but it’s completely normal. Your baby’s stomach is learning how to work. That’s a tall task!

If you’ve got a “spitter” (as they’re affectionately known), keep some burp cloths nearby. Two other tips: burp them frequently during a feeding (like every five minutes) and keep them upright for at least 20 minutes after a feeding.

How do you know if it’s vomit? Babies usually spit up like it’s no big deal, whereas they are genuinely upset when they throw up. It tends to be more volume than a normal spit up.

When should you call the doctor? If your baby is vomiting a few times a day or if you see blood or a bright green color, call your doctor.

What about reflux? Spit up is technically mild reflux, but it can be caused by more serious underlying conditions, like GERD. If your baby is spitting up frequently and struggling to gain weight, talk to your pediatrician about this ASAP to figure out if there’s a bigger issue.

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