1. How to combat my son’s cramps? Are there any promising medications coming around?

Colic is a consequence of the immaturity of the digestive system of the child. Breastfeeding is a strong ally since breast milk is digested more easily. To relieve discomfort at the time of pain, you can massage the baby’s belly (helps eliminate gas), warm the abdomen with a diaper or other warm cloth, lay the child face down on his chest or forearm. A study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (Australia) showed that a type of probiotic called Lactobacillus reuteri ( L reuteri), common in certain types of yogurt, for example, can also attenuate colic. However, medicines based on this substance should only be used with medical advice.

2. Can mother feeding cause cramps as well?

Some women, in fact, note that certain foods (beans, broccoli, fatty foods) favor the onset of the symptom. But colic happens to almost all babies, so watch out if something specific you ate had an effect on your child. Moreover, keep a balanced menu – the composition of your diet, by the way, has effects on the intestinal flora of the baby, according to research published last year in the magazine Microbiome (USA).

3. What is the best way to clean the newborn’s belly button?

As an easy entryway for germs, the umbilical stump should be cleaned daily. In the bath, wash the area with soap and water. Then on the changing table, dry it with a towel without rubbing. Lastly, pass a 70% alcohol-moistened flexible rod over the navel. If you notice any swelling, redness, discharge, or bad smell, tell your pediatrician.

4. When can my baby go for a walk with me?

Ideally, he should stay at home for the first 30 days and receive a few visits during this time. Babies born at term, with ideal weight, are released from there, especially if the weather is pleasant. Already premature and/or with low birth weight, need green pediatrician signal, which may vary according to the situation.

5. How to protect my child from a feared diaper rash?

The most effective way to prevent so-called contact dermatitis is to change diapers frequently to keep your child from getting dirty for a long time – the presence of pee and poop favors skin irritation. It is also important to sanitize the area – whenever possible with cotton and warm water and, if she pooped, wash with soap and water. Then, it is good to apply a diaper rash ointment indicated by the pediatrician.

6. How often should I take my baby to a pediatrician?

The first consultation should take place soon after the first week of life. Thereafter, monthly until he is 6 months old. And from 6 to 12 months, it can become bimonthly if development is normal. Between 2 and 5 years, once a semester and, from 5 years, once a year. 

7. I do everything with my son in a sling. Are you at risk for him?

No. As long as the baby is in a comfortable position with his nose and mouth uncovered and his head supported (under 3 months), that’s fine. The fabric should never close completely around it so you can check it often. The practice favors bonding, prevents cramps, and even allows parents to keep their hands free.
The baby should not sleep in the parent’s bed, but for the first few weeks, the baby can sleep in the crib or stroller in the parent’s room, because the sounds he makes in the event of choking are subtle and hard to hear from a distance. Wrap the baby according to temperature to prevent overheating. 

Which side should the baby sleep on?

The baby should always sleep on his back, at least until the fifth month of life. In the crib, there should be no pillows, grid guards, blankets, bedspreads, stuffed animals, among other decorative objects, as they may suffocate the child.

The routine of the baby’s care depends on his or her mother’s pace. Over time, things get adjusted, allowing the mother to take care of herself and her chores.

How to bathe the baby before the navel drops and what hygiene products are indicated?

The bath can and should be given from the first day of life with warm water and mild soap, such as glycerin. The navel can be wet normally. After wiping the baby, bandage the navel with 70% alcohol and a cotton swab, from the base to the tip of the stump and especially at the junction of the skin with the stump. The effect of alcohol besides antiseptic also has drying power. Do not use a belt or strap. 

How often does he need to breastfeed?

The breastfed baby does not have to obey a strict time, for example, every three hours. It is best to
This time varies greatly, it will depend on the amount of air the baby swallows during feedings. To ease the burp, place it upright on the shoulder and pat yourself lightly on the back. Sometimes the child does not burp and should be placed on his right side, always under the supervision of an adult.