When I wrote my first book on child health, The Doctor Is in the House: 9 Secret Guides to Your Child’s Health, I wanted to write a special chapter about newborns. I decided instead to write a separate book for easy reference of new parents.
Why did I just limit it to newborns? Because I don’t want you to be overwhelmed. As it is, it’s already a challenge for you to go through a day. Being a parent is a long ride that includes thinking about how you can guard this bundle of joy when she’s a lovely teenager being eyed by suitors. For now, you can pat yourself on the back after
you master being the only dude or babe in her life — at least for the first two months after birth — and keeping your sanity intact throughout.
When I asked a new parent to summarize basic parenting tips in just one page with one word, she jokingly answered, “RuN!” It only shows that most new parents don’t know the basic stuff. They’re groping in the dark or maybe even wary of the responsibility of being a parent.
Taking care of a newborn is no easy task. A baby can neither verbalize her needs nor tell anyone what’s wrong. The only language she knows is to cry when a need is unmet. This book contains eight basic tips to newborn care for first-time parents. I will use the mnemonic B.l.E.S.S.I.N.G. to help you remember because a newborn child is God’s biggest blessing.
B.L.E.S.S.I.N.G. to help you remember because a newborn child is God’s biggest blessing.
• Before birth and beyond • Love of the family • Excreta and other discharges
• Screening Methods • Sepsis and other diseases
• Immunization and other preventive measures
• Nutrition • God’s Amazing Grace
Excerpt from "Your Newborn Is a Blessing (A Guide to Your Baby's Health from Conception to Birth)."
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