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Choosing The Right Diaper for Baby

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Before finding the right diaper brand for your baby, you’ll probably have spent a fortune on baby diapers only to end up with an irritable, uncomfortable, and fussy baby with each try.

Because infants can’t convey their thoughts and feelings, it is your duty to figure out what he or she needs. Whether you think you’re probably going wrong with the diapering world or you just brought a newborn home, we have tips to help you choose the right diaper:

Brand

Considering the brand is the most crucial when it comes to choosing the best diaper. There are reputable diaper brands that have been in the business for quite some time.

Don’t just settle for local, unheard-of diapers just because the price tag is appealing. Reputable brands possess the expertise as well as the best conduct research to come up with better and newer features whenever an upgrade is due.

Baby Weight and Size

By now, you have noticed that diaper brands chart diapers based on weight and size. Hence, before going on a diaper shopping spree, weigh your baby first because diaper sizes vary depending on the weight of the baby.

Plus, your baby won’t stay small forever; he or she has to grow, which means that you will have to size up the diapers every few months. To be on the safe side, avoid stocking up on one diaper size. Once the diaper becomes too tight for your baby, go for the next size.

Diaper Features

Deciding on a good diaper brand requires you to check their features as well. Some of the key features to consider should be:

Absorbency

The right diaper should be able to effectively absorb a lot of pee and poop without being saggy or leaking. When the baby’s skin comes to contact with a leaky diaper, he or she will come to contact with wetness, which could lead to diaper rashes and irritation.

Breathability and Softness

A baby’s skin is sensitive and delicate; hence, the material of the diaper should be a prime consideration. Make sure the diaper’s material is breathable and soft to ensure air flows to your baby’s bum.

Wetness Indicator Lines

Reputable diaper brands like Huggies have created diapers that have wetness indicator lines. The lines are initially white, and when the diaper is thoroughly soaked, they turn yellow. This feature is useful because it will help you check the diaper’s wetness and know when to change. 

Stretchability

It is crucial to consider the stretchability of the diaper because of how stretchy it will determine how well it fits your baby. Make sure the diaper you choose is stretchy enough and can fit your infant without leaving any marks or creases on his skin. 

Convenience

Newborns can take quite a toll on us. In between the never-ending feeds and sleepless nights, the last thing you need is more chores on your plate.

For convenience and hygiene, disposable diapers are the best option because they don’t require washing like cloth diapers.

Budget

With time, you will know your baby’s soiling habits, which will help you estimate the number of diapers you will need to use in a month, which will help you determine how much money you are likely to spend on them.

When it comes to choosing the right diaper for your baby, we recommend looking at the features and not the price tag. However, it is crucial to consider your financial circumstances, as well.

If you are still trying to find the right diaper for your baby, start by buying small packs of two diaper brands and try them on the baby. Once you find the brand that suits your baby’s skin, you can buy the value pack then.

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What Does the Newborn Physical Examination Check For?

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All parents are offered a thorough physical examination for their baby within 72 hours of giving birth.The examination includes screening tests to find out if your baby has any problems with their eyes, heart, hips and, in boys, the testicles (testes).

A baby having a newborn physical examination

The newborn physical examination is usually carried out in hospital before you go home. Sometimes it’s done at a hospital or community clinic, GP surgery, children’s centre, or at home. Ideally, both parents should be there when the examination is done.

The health professional doing the examination should explain what it involves. This could be a doctor, midwife, nurse or health visitor who’s been trained to do the examination.
Some parts of the examination may be a bit uncomfortable for your baby, but it won’t cause them any pain.

The aim is to spot any problems early so treatment can be started as soon as possible. Usually, nothing of concern is found. If the health professional carrying out the examination does find a possible problem, they may refer your baby for more tests.

You’ll be offered another physical examination for your baby at 6 to 8 weeks, as some of the conditions it screens for can take a while to develop. This second examination is usually done at your GP’s surgery.

 How is the newborn physical examination done?
The health professional will give your baby a thorough physical examination. They’ll also ask you questions about how your baby is feeding, how alert they are, and about their general wellbeing.Your baby will need to be undressed for part of the examination.During the examination, the health professional will also:

  • look into your baby’s eyes with a special torch to check how their eyes look and move
  • listen to your baby’s heart to check their heart sounds
  • examine their hips to check the joints
  • examine baby boys to see if their testicles have descended into the scrotum

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What does the newborn physical examination check for?

The examination includes an overall physical check plus 4 different screening tests.

1. Eyes

The health professional will check the appearance and movement of your baby’s eyes. They’re looking for cataracts, which is a clouding of the transparent lens inside the eye, and other conditions.

About 2 or 3 in 10,000 babies are born with problems with their eyes that need treatment. But the examination can’t tell you how well your baby can see.

2. Heart

The health professional will check your baby’s heart. This is done by observing your baby, feeling your baby’s pulses, and listening to their heart with a stethoscope.

Sometimes heart murmurs are picked up. A heart murmur is where the heartbeat has an extra or unusual sound caused by a disturbed blood flow through the heart.

Heart murmurs are common in babies. The heart is normal in almost all cases where a murmur is heard. But about 1 in 200 babies has a heart problem that needs treatment.

3. Hips

Some newborns have hip joints that aren’t formed properly. This is known as developmental dysplasia of the hip (DDH). Left untreated, this can cause a limp or joint problems. About 1 or 2 in 1,000 babies have DDH that needs treating.

4. Testicles

Baby boys are checked to make sure their testicles are in the right place. During pregnancy, the testicles form inside the baby’s body. They may not drop down into the scrotum until a few months after birth.

In about 1 in 100 baby boys, the testicles only descend partially or not at all. This needs treating to prevent possible problems later in life, such as reduced fertility.

Does my baby have to have the examination?

The aim of the examination is to identify any of the problems early so treatment can be started as soon as possible. It’s strongly recommended for your baby, but not compulsory.
You can decide to have your baby examined and screened for any or all of the conditions. If you have any concerns, you should talk to your midwife or the health professional offering the examination.

When will we get the results?
The health professional carrying out the examination will give you the results straight away. If your baby needs to be referred for more tests, they’ll discuss this with you there and then, too.[cta_btn color=”warning” size=”” link=”https://www.teheca.com/in-home-postnatal-care-request/” ]Request In Home Examination[/cta_btn]

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Physical Care After Caesarean Birth For Mothers

Reading Time: 3 minutesThe days following the birth of your baby, the postpartum period, can be one of the most challenging times for mothers and families. This period can be even more challenging for mothers who have had a c-section delivery.

After any delivery, a mother needs to allow her body to rest and heal. Ideally, this means little to no housework, and no running after other little ones.

The maternal mortality rate is highest in the postpartum period, so special consideration needs to be given to the care of the mother. If you are a single mother or your partner has to return to work shortly after the birth of the child, try to organize a support team prior to the birth of your child to help during this time.

The support team can include family, church members, new mother support groups, or a postpartum doula.

Take time to understand the limitations of a new mother and the kind of care that might be necessary. Keep in mind that it is normal for a new mother to feel overwhelmed emotionally and physically drained. Open communication with your health care provider and your support team is very important.

Let someone know if you are feeling discouraged or weighed down. Don’t be afraid to ASK FOR HELP!!

Physical Care After A Cesarean:

Before leaving the hospital:
  • You will be encouraged to get up and try to go the bathroom within the first 24 hours after surgery. This will help start the healing process and get you used to moving around with your incision.  Remember to move slowly because you might experience dizziness or shortness of breath.
  • Urinating after the catheter is removed can sometimes be painful. Ask your nurse or attendant to suggest ways to make it easier.
  • If staples were used for your incision they will most likely be removed before you leave the hospital.
  • Talk with your health care provider about dealing with pain after the surgery. If medication is something you think you might want, get a prescription and information about the side affects for both yourself–and the baby, if you are breastfeeding. If you prefer to avoid medications, talk with your health care provider about alternatives that are safe for you and your baby.
  • Your uterus will begin the “involution” process which is is the shrinking of the uterus to its pre-pregnancy size.  You will begin to experience heavy bleeding of bright red blood—This is called lochia and can continue for up to 6 weeks. You will need to have extra-absorbent menstrual pads which the hospital should provide after delivery. Do not use tampons during this time.
  • Gentle strolls around the hospital or rocking in a chair can help speed the recovery and help with gas that can develop after abdominal surgery.

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After Going Home:
  • Your activity level should be kept low until your health care provider suggests an increase of activity. Initially, you should avoid lifting anything heavier than your baby, and avoid most housework.
  • Your lochia bleeding will change over time and can increase with activity and position changes. Use your bleeding as a way of making sure that you are not involved in too much activity.  Lochia will change over time to pale pink or a dark red color, and then eventually to a yellowish or light color.
  • Make certain that you are getting plenty of fluids to keep you hydrated, and eat healthy meals to restore your energy and prevent constipation.
  • Have changing stations and feeding supplies close to you so that you do not have to get up too often.
  • Be alert to any fever or pain, which can both be signs of infection.

Things to Avoid:

  • Sexual intercourse until your health care provider tells you that it is safe
  • The use of tampons or douche
  • Taking baths until your incision is healed and you are no longer bleeding
  • Public pools and hot tubs
  • Lifting anything heavier than your baby
  • Repeatedly using stairs
  • Exercise, at least until your health care provider gives you the go-ahead

 

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6 Things New Parents Should Avoid After C-Section

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This article is a continuation from the previous post on caring for new mothers after caesarean delivery, if you haven’t read it, we strongly suggest it that you do so  before continuing.

Now that you’re here, having successfully been discharged from the hospital, and you safely Home recovering, here is a list of the things that a mother should avoid till advised by the doctors.

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Things to Avoid:

  • Sexual intercourse until your health care provider tells you that it is safe
  • The use of tampons or douche
  • Taking baths until your incision is healed and you are no longer bleeding
  • Public pools and hot tubs
  • Lifting anything heavier than your baby
  • Repeatedly using stairs
  • Exercise, at least until your health care provider gives you the go-ahead

Emotional Care After A Cesarean:

  • Take additional time daily to sit and bond with your baby
  • If you are having a hard time with breastfeeding after the cesarean delivery, contact a lactation consultant for direction and support.
  • Understand that you might need to take time to decompress emotionally after the surgery, especially if the procedure involved an emergency.
  • To help deal with any negative feelings about your experience, discuss the birth experience with your support person
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  • Get clarification from your health care provider about questions you might have about your pregnancy experience. This can help eliminate any anxiety you may have about getting pregnantagain.
  • Do not be afraid to ask for help! The extra physical care required after a cesarean can make a woman feel inadequate, overwhelmed and lonely.

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The New Mother – Taking Care of Yourself After Birth

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The New Mother – Taking Care of Yourself After Birth

The postpartum period begins after the delivery of the baby and ends when the mother’s body has nearly returned to its pre-pregnant state. This period usually lasts six to eight weeks.

The postpartum period involves the mother progressing through many changes, both emotionally and physically, while learning how to deal with all the changes and adjustments required with becoming a new mother. The postpartum period also involves the parents learning how to care for their newborn and learning how to function as a changed family unit.

A mother needs to take good care of herself to rebuild her strength. You will need plenty of rest, good nutrition, and help during the first few weeks.Newborn under Physical examination after Birth care

Rest

Every new parent soon learns that babies have different time clocks than adults. A typical newborn awakens about every three hours and needs to be fed, changed, and comforted. Especially if this is their first baby, parents–in particular the mother–can become overwhelmed by exhaustion. Although a solid eight hours of sleep for you may not happen again for several months, the following suggestions may be helpful in finding ways to get more rest now.

  • In the first few weeks, a mother needs to be relieved of all responsibilities other than feeding the baby and taking care of herself.
  • Sleep when the baby sleeps. This may be only a few minutes of rest several times a day, but these minutes can add up.
  • Save steps and time. Have your baby’s bed near yours for feedings at night.
  • Many new parents enjoy visits from friends and family, but new mothers should not feel obligated to entertain. Feel free to excuse yourself for a nap or to feed your baby.
  • Get outside for a few minutes each day. You can begin walking and doing postpartum exercises, as advised by your health care provider.
  • After the first two to three weeks, introduce a bottle to breastfed babies for an occasional nighttime feeding. This way, someone else can feed the baby, and you can have a longer period of uninterrupted sleep.

Nutrition

A mother’s body has undergone many changes during pregnancy, as well as with the birth of her baby. She needs to heal and recover from pregnancy and childbirth. In addition to rest, all mothers need to maintain a healthy diet to promote healing and recovery.

Nutrition for after birth care aThe weight gained in pregnancy helps build stores for your recovery and for breastfeeding. After delivery, all mothers need to eat well so that they can be healthy and active and able to care for their baby.

Whether they breastfeed or formula feed, all mothers need to eat a healthy and balanced diet. Most lactation experts recommend that breastfeeding mothers should eat when they are hungry. But many mothers may be so tired or busy that food gets forgotten. So, it is essential to plan simple and healthy meals that include choices from all of the recommended groups from Choose My Plate.

The Choose My Plate icon is a guideline to help you eat a healthy diet. My Plate can help you eat a variety of foods while encouraging the right amount of calories and fat. The USDA and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have prepared the following food plate to guide you in selecting foods.

The My Plate icon is divided into five food group categories, emphasizing the nutritional intake of the following:

  • Grains. Foods that are made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley, or another cereal grain are grain products. Examples include whole wheat, brown rice, and oatmeal.
  • Vegetables. Vary your vegetables. Choose a variety of vegetables, including dark green, red, and orange vegetables, legumes (peas and beans), and starchy vegetables.
  • Fruits. Any fruit or 100 percent fruit juice counts as part of the fruit group. Fruits may be fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed.
  • Dairy. Milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Focus on fat-free or low-fat products, as well as those that are high in calcium.
  • Protein. Go lean on protein. Choose low-fat or lean meats and poultry. Vary your protein routine–choose more fish, nuts, seeds, peas, and beans.

Oils are not a food group, yet some, such as nut oils, contain essential nutrients and can be included in the diet. Others, such as animal fats, are solid and should be avoided.

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Exercise and everyday physical activity should also be included with a healthy dietary plan.

Although most mothers want to lose their pregnancy weight, extreme dieting and rapid weight loss can be hazardous to your health and to your baby’s if you are breastfeeding. It can take several months for a mother to lose the weight she gained during pregnancy. This can be accomplished by cutting out high-fat snacks and concentrating on a diet with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, balanced with proteins and carbohydrates. Exercise also helps burn calories and tone muscles and limbs.

Along with balanced meals, breastfeeding mothers should increase fluids. Many mothers find they become very thirsty while the baby is nursing. Water, milk, and fruit juices are excellent choices. It is helpful to keep a pitcher of water and even some healthy snacks beside your bed or breastfeeding chair.

Consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if you want to learn more about postpartum nutrition. Certified lactation consultants can also help with advice about nutrition while breastfeeding.

Help for new parents

New as well as experienced parents soon realize that babies require a lot of work. Meeting the constant needs of a newborn involves time and energy and often takes parents away from other responsibilities in the home.

Although many parents do fine on their own, having someone else helping with the household responsibilities usually makes the adjustment to a new baby easier. Parents can concentrate on the needs of mother and baby, rather than the laundry or dirty dishes.

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Helpers can be family, friends, or a paid home care provider. A family member such as the new baby’s grandmother or aunt may be able to come for a few days or longer. Home care providers offer a variety of services, from nursing care of the new mother and baby to housekeeping and care of other children.

Whoever you decide to have as helpers[Teheca in home postnatal care], be sure to make clear all the things you expect them to do. Communication is important in preventing hurt feelings or misunderstandings when emotions are fragile these first few weeks. It is generally best for the new mother to be relieved of all responsibilities except the feeding and care of herself and her baby. This is especially important if she is breastfeeding. Others should assume the chores in the home such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and grocery shopping. This will help the new mother take care of herself, and keep her from limiting her time with her baby.

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How do You Care for a Loved One Who Lives Far Away?

Reading Time: 2 minutesLiving far away from a loved one can complicate many things, not the least of which is their daily care. If you live in a different city or state from your aging parents as the miles expand so do your worries. You must try to understand their health and day-to-day needs from a distance. It’s not easy. Thankfully professional home care agencies can step in and provide daily support to provide you with peace of mind.
Professional home caregivers can help to ease the pressure on you and provide an efficient source of trained caregiving help.

The Handbook of Live-in Care guides you through the services that live-in caregivers can provide to your loved one whether it’s activities of daily living, medical services, transportation, housekeeping or even preparing meals. Home Care Assistance is with your parents when you can’t be.

As a long distance caregiver, there are several strategies that you can follow to make things easier. They include:

1. Schedule family meetings to discuss caregiving decisions.

Acrimony disrupts care and adds unnecessary stress to an aging parent.

2. Spending time collecting and organizing all the documents you need well before a crisis occurs.

These include, but are not limited to, Health Care Proxy, Power of Attorney, medical records, contact information for all physicians, specialists and affiliated providers like nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

3. Getting to know key people in your community who can help you deliver care from a distance.

These include local senior centers, eldercare attorneys, city councils (organizations) on aging, and senior care referral agencies.

4. Knowing the neighbors.

If your parent lives in a neighborhood, make a visit and introduce yourself. Friendly neighbors can be invaluable ears and eyes for you. They can tell you if the shades remain drawn or the mail hasn’t been brought inside for days at a time. They can also drop in and visit your parent and call you with an update.

If you parent doesn’t live in a neighborhood, seek services from local visiting nurses, or home care agencies like Teheca

The medical community, led by the National Institutes on Aging, believes that the longer an aging person can remain in their own home, the healthier they remain. That is why we exist and provide highly trained services to support nutrition, cognition and general well-being with programs like our Home care aides We can look after for your parent and improve your own sense of well-being at the same time.

 

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The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in Health Care

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What is Emotional Intelligence?

Intelligence is not limited to the knowledge of facts and the ability to think with sound logic. It also includes our capacity to recognize our own emotions and those of others. We should be able to differentiate between various feelings and manage our emotions to adapt to our environment. Once we master ourselves, we can get into a better position to achieve our goals. This mastery is referred to as Emotional Intelligence or EI. The measure of it is called Intelligence Quotient or EQ. These terms are often used interchangeably.

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Infographic: How to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle

Reading Time: < 1 minuteHow healthy are you? Do you have a healthy diet? Do you exercise regularly? Do you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day? Do you get enough sleep every day? Do you live a healthy lifestyle?

Life is beautiful and you don’t want to bog yourself down with unnecessary health problems. Today, your vital organs (kidney, heart, lungs, gall bladder, liver, stomach, intestines, etc.) may be working well, but they may not be tomorrow. Don’t take your good health today for granted. Take proper care of your body.

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