Advice For Young Mothers
Doctors point to the most common ailments of the mother and child immediately after delivery. However, distinguishing between medical ailments and pointing to practical ways of dealing with them are two different things. Therefore, it is best to look for solutions to many problems in the experiences of other mothers, using their insights and ideas.
One of the most common ailments of young mothers immediately after delivery are swollen aching breasts. Many women cannot imagine how painful such breast retention can be. They get hard, and swollen, flat warts prevent the child from sucking properly. In the opinion of many women, relief in this condition is brought by hot baths, and the swelling and pain subsided after taking paracetamol - usually after about two days.
Moms should also remember that until about the fourth week of life, the baby should, if possible, only breastfeed. It is not advisable to give the baby a pacifier or a bottle during this period. It is true that for a child drinking from a bottle is much easier and sucking the breast requires a lot of effort, but drinking from the bottle (even mother's food) the child lacks proper contact with the mother and the feeling of her warmth, which builds a bond between the parent and child. Teaching a child to drink from a bottle can also, especially if he was breastfed before, increase his loss because it is a change for which he may not necessarily be ready. We also advise that in the first weeks of life the baby sucking mechanism train not on the pacifier but on the parent's little finger. This is a great exercise for a baby, especially if the child has difficulty sucking on to the breast.
It is also good and practical to note all the foods your young mother eats during the day. Because children often show a lack of tolerance to many ingredients present in their mother's diet, and while breastfeeding, mothers pass these elements on to their child's diet. Such ingredients are often the cause of rashes or stomach aches. Therefore, keeping a "diary" of meals, in the event of a child's illness, will allow the identification and elimination of harmful substances from the mother's body and thus prevent their transmission to the child. A common problem for children is also a reluctance to try and eat new foods. The solution may be to distract them by giving toys or other "interesting" items that will distract the child from feeding. Putting a bowl or spoon in a child's hand, at the same time we make the child focus on his own hands and forget about the rest of the world. The experience of many mothers shows that this type of feeding works almost always.
To avoid unnecessary clutter and reduce the number of clothes damaged while eating, thus avoiding unnecessary washing, it is good to feed the baby to undress - let him eat in pampers alone. First, the child feels more comfortable then, and secondly, after the meal is finished, just put them in the tub or wash with a damp cloth. My observations also show that feeding a child in smaller portions does not cause such a big mess. And when we give a large portion to a child, it can start playing with food.
Women should also remember that evening feeding for most babies means it's time to go to bed. Therefore, often during or immediately after feeding they fall asleep without major problems. Respecting this habit can be a guarantee of a peaceful night's sleep, both for the child and his mother. Therefore, all care and hygiene should be carried out before giving the child evening food. In particular, the baby should be changed before feeding it, otherwise, it may wake up and irritate the toddler unnecessarily.
And if your toddler has a tendency to diaper dermatitis, it's a good idea to try changing diapers. Most often, this ailment is caused by the oilcloth finish. Changing to ones that are finished with cotton or paper can definitely help. Similarly, you can buy diapers that have additional moisture absorption, as they also dry the baby's skin. However, this is a greater expense, because diapers themselves are slightly more expensive than standard ones, and the frequency of changing them should not decrease. The universal way to deal with diaper dermatitis, however, is frequent ventilation of the kid's bottom.
Above all, however, women should be aware that they can take advantage of the experiences of other women. It is good, therefore, to make such acquaintances and jointly (in several mothers) consult loudly on individual issues and problems that arise when raising and looking after children. For example, you can meet together once a week to talk about your children and suggest solutions to the problems we have with them.