Congratulations on your new baby. We understand that the coming weeks will be an exciting time and hopefully you and your baby will have a smooth transition to the home environment. You will get advice from many people, as well as the internet.
However, some advice may conflict with the current medical care which we provide for your baby as medical care progress over the years. Hence, by reading through this, we hope to provide with some practical advice on your baby's care.
The following ABCs will help to address your baby's immediate care. Appointment:
Your baby will need an early jaundice check up within the 1st 5 days of life. If otherwise well, the baby will be next seen at either 6 weeks or later for the next vaccinations and health check-up. Bathing:
In the hot humid weather, your baby will enjoy bathing and their hair can be washed as well. Use a mild soap to bathe the baby regularly. You may attend our post-natal parent craft class to learn how to bathe your little one. Breast feeding:
We recommend breast feeding for all infants. And breast feeding should be given on demand. We recommend you refer to the breastfeeding information booklet available in your discharge bag entitled: "Mummy, you have milk" for some advice on breastfeeding. Alternatively, you may consult our lactation hotline at 97220376 for personalized advice. Burping:
Babies should be gently burped after feedings and occasionally during feeds. Do not let the baby continuously and then feed, this will increase the chance of the baby spitting up. Burp them so that the air will be released to decrease spitting up. Car Seats:
Car seats are mandatory for children under 8 years of age. The correct placement of infant car seats is rear facing in the second row. You may be fined by the Traffic Police and demerit points may be given if you failed to secure your child. Crying:
Babies can cry on average of 3-5 hours per day. However, you cannot "spoil" a newborn by carrying them. Crying is their only means to express their emotions and wants. Some babies cry when they are wet, tired, hungry, cold, hot, lonely, uncomfortable or overfed. If you are unable to console your baby and the crying episode is different or more prolonged than usual. Do check a temperature and seek medical opinion. Also if your baby is not crying / lethargic despite attempts to rouse him, please seek a medical opinion.