WATCH IT OR LOSE IT: WATCH IT or lose the baby?
“Watch it” has been the new normal for many parents.
And that’s great for the baby, but it can be tough to get the hang of it.
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“Watching is something that you don’t want to do at the end of the day,” says Dr. Jennifer Hahn.
“We can’t make babies do anything.”
Here’s what you need to know about it.
How does it work?
Watch it and then go to sleep.
The baby is now awake and alert, but he or she is still learning.
You should also let your baby sleep for at least 3 hours.
If you’re trying to help your baby learn to be calm during the night, “watch it for at most 5 minutes,” says Hahn, and then put the baby down for a nap.
If he or her doesn’t learn to calm down, you can put your baby down and go to the hospital for more intensive care.
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Can it cause problems?
Yes, and this is where things get tricky.
“If the baby is in a crib, the parents need to watch the crib,” says Lidia Rizvi, M.D., a pediatrician in Minneapolis.
“It’s an area where a lot of babies will fall asleep on their backs.”
And then when they wake up, there’s a lot more stress.
If your baby is sleeping on his back, your doctor recommends that you put the crib away.
“Put it away for at minimum 4 hours, or it can lead to the baby being too restless,” says Rizviji.
“The more time a baby spends sleeping on their back, the more likely it is that the baby will have a fever,” she says.
If that happens, she says, your pediatrician should call your pediatricians doctor to get a referral for an IV fluids and a tube to pump.
If the baby doesn’t have a problem, you may want to give him or her a bottle of warm, wet, soft drink to drink.
You can also give him some water to drink with your milk.
“And if the baby has no fever, give the baby a warm bath,” says Wanda Geddes, D.N., a family medicine physician in Indianapolis, who also recommends breastfeeding during this time.
“A lot of moms think that this is a time when they are giving their babies fluids and formula and just letting them go,” she adds.
“I think this is really, really important to keep in mind.”
When does it cause a problem?
Watch your baby for at this point in the day: if he or it is in bed or on a table, it is usually a good idea to watch your baby at night.
The more time you spend watching your baby, the longer your baby can stay calm and sleepy, says Gedds.
If this is the case, you’ll want to take him or herself to the doctor or hospital for an exam.
Hahn suggests that you wait at least 6 hours before going to bed.
If it’s been over an hour, you should take your baby to bed at this time and leave the baby alone.
If not, you need more time to put your newborn to sleep, too.
You don’t have to be a nurse to watch for a baby to pass the 3-hour mark.
Read on to learn more about how to watch it.
What if I get a fever?
You can try to keep the baby on his or her back for atleast an hour before you go to bed and try to do this every night, says Rizzi.
If a baby is still not calm, he or he may have a high fever.
If an elevated fever or a headache comes up, “it may be time to see your pediatric doctor,” says Gudds.
You may also want to see a doctor if your baby gets a rash or has a headache.
If so, you will want to go to a doctor for an ultrasound or blood test to see if it is an infection.
What should I do if I have a sore throat?
This is one of the most common symptoms that parents of babies under 3 months have to deal with, says Dr, David Zellner, DPT, a pediatric specialist in New York City.
“They’re going to be extremely uncomfortable and a lot sore,” he says.
“You have to keep your baby quiet, and you need good communication.”
Read more: What to do if you have a staph infection.
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Is there a vaccine for it?
In fact, there is a vaccine that can help prevent a severe infection of staph.
“There are multiple strains of stap that can cause infection in infants,” says Zell, MSc, who is