First care for your newborn
The doctor should examine the newborn baby to identify any sign of distress or abnormality. The doctor should record the newborn overall condition. They should declare whether the newborn baby requires extra help in blood circulation or breathing. If the child is stable and can breastfeed, the nurse should obtain the babies length and weight.
The newborn baby should be wrapped in a light weight cloth and their head covered so as to reduce loss of body heat. The nurse should put a few drops of antibiotics such as silver nitrate, tetracycline and erythromycin in the baby’s eye to prevent infection. The baby may have come into contact with bacteria during delivery. The mother and the father should then be encouraged to hold the baby to give them a chance to bond with the baby. In particular, the mother should be allowed to breast feed the child within 30 minutes after giving birth. Breastfeeding is important since it stimulates oxytocin, the hormone that helps the womb to heal faster and trigger the production of milk. The doctor should give vitamin K injection to the baby to prevent bleeding.
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