Having a new baby can be extremely overwhelming, as there is so much information out there with tips and tricks on how to look after your new baby.
There are books, internet articles, blogs, Facebook pages and pamphlets from a range of products.
We have found some trusty tips and tricks that will help you as a new mom. From stomach problems to the type of aqueous cream you should purchase, we highlight some important, need to know tips:
1. Reuterina drops
Is a immune health probiotic for the immature gut. It helps relieve colic symptoms, strengthens the immune defence, and is beneficial to premature infants. These can be given to your baby once born, so ensure you pack them in your maternity bag. These are available at any pharmacy, make sure to ask for the drops for infants. Give your little one 5 drops a day, to help fight tummy problems.
2. Jungle Juice
Is a drink for pregnant and breastfeeding women. It is well known, and we have an easy recipe for you:
1 litre apple juice
2 litres water
50ml Schlehen elixir
10-13 drops of rescue remedy
1 sachet black currant
Drink 3 litres on the first day, thereafter drink 1.5 litres a day
3. Aqueous cream
Is your new best friend. Purchase non-fragranced cream, because it is non-allergenic, and won’t irritate the skin. It is used for bathing (as a body wash) and for moisturizing after bathing.
4. Keep a bottle of Salex
For your child for nasal hygiene. Use before feeding to clear the nasal passage. It is safe for all ages and non-addictive.
5. Nipple guards:
Are effective, as they protect your nipples from cracking further from breastfeeding. It gives your nipples a chance to recuperate. You can buy these at most baby stores, and they are priced around R70.
6. Weighing your baby
Most pharmacies offers this service in their clinic, which you can either make an appointment or walk in, to weigh and measure your infant. It costs only R10 per weighing, and R25 for a consult. They efficiently fill in your babys’ growth chart for you and have knowledge on typical problems experienced, where they can advise you on what to do.
7. Ensure you are on medical aid
This is very important, because if your baby is born premature, the costs to stay in hospital are very steep. Register your baby on your medical aid, as soon as your baby is born. You generally have 30 days to do so.
8. If you are considering circumcision,
You don’t necessarily have to do it at the hospital. Medical aid does not cover this, and it can be quite expensive. However we have a tried and tested specialist, Dr Singer, who has been in the industry for years. He is affordable, quick and friendly. You can find him here: http://circumcisions.co.za/
9. Don’t forget to clean your babys’ tongue.
This can be done with Glycerine and a cotton cloth/cotton pad.
As a new mom you will face many challenges and sleepless nights, but don’t panic. There are solutions for every problem. Equip yourself with as much knowledge as possible to be prepared for your little ones arrival. Things will go wrong, but you will be more confident with this information under your belt.
Megan Mc Kinlay
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