Children'S Medicine: Newborns
Giving a child medicine can be difficult. However, if you're prepared things can be a little easier.
The day I brought my daughter home from the hospital was one of the happiest days of my life. I was estactic to have this tiny little bundle that was all mine. I was also scared witless.
How in the world do you care for a newborn? It IS scary, but it doesn't have to be.
The first thing to understand is that you shouldn't be afraid of handling your newborn. They don't really break! While it will take a few days to become adapt at this art, keep trying, but don't be afraid that your every little move is going to hurt your baby. They're prettly flexible.
A good thing to remember is to love your child in everything little thing you do. So, you put that diaper on backwards? Who cares! You put it on backwards while singing a lullaby and telling your child that you love him/her and that's all that counts. Trust me, your child won't remember the incident in twenty years! Who cares if you've never given a baby a bath before and you washed the toes before the face? It doesn't really matter as long as you love your child...and strive to get the face first next time! Love makes all the difference and if you think just because your baby stares at you as if you have two heads she doesn't love you, you're wrong. Remember, in a few weeks when that happy little tyke learns how to use its lips, you'll be rewarded double for all your loving efforts with that pretty little grin!
Another thing that is hard for parents with newborns...medicine. It pains us to watch our child hurting, yet we HAVE to get the medicine down somehow. Not really sure about this one? Follow these instructions:
Get a medicinal syringe (your local pharmacy should have one on hand). You can use a children's medicine spoon, but for an infant, the syringe is much better. Fill it with the indicated amount of medicine and stick it in your child's mouth. In most cases the child will begin to suck on it as though it were a nipple and you can slowly administer the medicine. It shouldn't be a struggle because newborns only know the taste of milk (formula) and this new taste is not neccessarily a bad taste. If, however, the syringe doesn't work, try filling a loose nipple with the medicine and allowing your child to suck on it. This one works really well, too.
Another tough thing that parents have to deal with is crying. This is probably the hardest thing to take. I once read that the average baby cries at least two hours each day. I laughed at that article because at the time my three week old barely cried at all. However, over the next few months I began to envy the parents whose children only cried two hours a day! It seemed that my daughter cried about everything. And, as ungracious as this may sound, it was driving me crazy! The only answer I got when I wanted to know why she cried all the time was from my mother. "She's a baby." Oh, that really helped. She didn't have colic, she was just really cranky. To ease the crying I tried several different approaches until I found one that worked. (This is after checking to see if baby is hungry, wet, dirty, or sick. If your child is none of these, try these tactics.)
Rock your baby, holding her tummy against your tummy. In most cases (so long as the baby is not colicky) it is gas that is hurting the baby's tummy and making her cry. If rocking in a rocker doesn't work, trying walking, walking while bouncing, or swinging to and fro, slowly of course. I found that walking and bouncing will quiet my daughter most any time. Try each of these until you find one that works for you and your child. Of course, you may find that something else works better. If so, keep up the good work. Getting a baby to stop crying is hard work, but the silence is very rewarding!