|Here are some key points to remember to help keep your baby healthy and safe. Remember, newborns, preemies, and young infants are very susceptible to illness. Be sure to: |
- Wash your hands frequently when caring for your little one (especially after going to the bathroom and changing diapers).
- Make sure all visitors wash their hands prior to touching your baby.
- Make sure visitors are not ill when coming to visit.
- Avoid large crowds for at least 1 month after your baby is born.
Help protect your baby from accidental injury and be sure to:
- Always place your baby in an appropriate car seat when traveling in any vehicle.
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- Never leave baby unattended (especially in the car, bathtub, changing table, or on any other elevated area).
- Always keep one hand on your baby when in the bathtub , on the changing table, or on any elevated area.
- Never shake your baby. Shaken baby syndrome can cause blindness, brain damage or death.
- Place baby on his/her back to sleep to reduce the likelihood of sudden infant death syndrome.
- Always test the temperature of the water before giving a bath.
- Use a non-skid mat in the bathtub.
- Never prop a bottle when feeding your baby.
- Never place pacifier on a string around baby’s neck.
- Check pacifiers and nipples for holes and tears frequently.
- Always test the temperature of breastmilk/formula prior to feeding your baby.
- Never leave pets or young children alone with your baby.
- Ensure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly.
- Do not carry infant when you are cooking or holding hot drinks.
- Make sure that your baby's toys are unbreakable.
- Remove toys from the crib when your baby is sleeping or unattended.
- Never give an infant under 1 year of age honey. Honey has been associated with botulism.
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