Your baby growing: Colic

Your baby growing: Colic

During the second month following his birth, baby's reflects are still important. During this stage, he might concentrate a little more when he looks at your face and meets your eyes for an instant.

As he continues to become accustomed to his surroundings baby will probably feel restless. If he cries for more than two hours any given day, and has no health problems, he may have colic which might appear a few times a week.

Colic or gas appears between the second week and first month after birth. Normally babies open and close their arms and legs to expel gas. He may cry during the day, and cry harder in the late afternoon and at midnight.

There is nothing to worry about, this gas stage will pass. Research shows that babies get over colic in three to four months.

When baby is uncomfortable and irritable and finds it hard to get to sleep, a light massage might help calm him down. You can apply a little room temperature lotion or cream to your hands and lightly massage baby, starting with his face and then going down, touching his nose, cheeks and throat.

As a first-time mother is is normal for you to have certain doubts about the care of your baby. Colic is nobody's fault and it will soon pass. You just need to remember that you will gradually get to understand the demands and needs of your baby, and how to please him. Just trust your instincts.

Careful of the umbilicus

At birth the umbilical cord will be cut; this kept baby connected to your body during pregnancy to supply him the nourishment necessary for his development during gestation.

During the first week or ten days the cord will dry and fall off naturally. Some times this can take up to four weeks, but you should consult with your pediatrician if it takes any longer.

You should never pull or push part of the umbilical cord because this could cause a hemorrhage. It is very important to keep this part of baby's body very clean. It is possible that when the cord falls off it might bleed a little but this is no cause for alarm.

Cleaning this area with alcohol is recommended at least twice daily. If when changing baby the umbilicus gets soiled with feces you must wash it with soap and water, dry it well and apply alcohol or some other antiseptic.

Postpartum Depression

Even though the arrival of baby is the most important moment of a woman's life, and a cause of happiness, the mother might show signs of depression following birth. Depression is a normal reaction to the hormonal changes taking place.

You might appear nervous, exhausted, and confused; you might be upset by minor events, and even lose interest in baby. If these symptoms last for more than three weeks you might be suffering from postpartum depression, so you should consult with a specialist.

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