A newborn should sleep on his/her back. This position helps
reduce the risks of sudden infant death syndrome. Use a
firm mattress with a fitted sheet. Do not put any extra
blankets, stuffed animals or toys in the crib, as these pose a
smothering risk. Check to make sure your crib has not been
recalled, and that the slats are not wide enough for the baby
to get his or her head stuck between.
There is an increased risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
(SIDS) if you smoke. For more help and information on how
to quit smoking you can contact the Preventive Medicine
Office, at 912-435-5105, and ask for more information about the Ready to Quit Program.
Make sure your baby gets some “tummy time” when they are awake. This helps them build arm
strength so they can explore their environment and learn to roll over.
Babies’ skin is normally dry, and may crack or peel, especially around the hands and feet. This
is normal, especially if your baby was delivered after your due date. It is not necessary to use
any powders, creams or lotions for a few weeks. Newborns do not need a bath more frequently
than every 2-3 days. Full baths can be given when the umbilical cord has fallen off and has
healed (approx 2 weeks). In the mean time, sponge baths are recommended when the diaper
area or head get dirty. Mild soaps are recommended to use while bathing an infant. Never
leave the infant unattended during bath time.
Keep the umbilical cord dry by ensuring that it its not underneath the diaper. The cord will
continue to dry on its own after birth and will fall off within 2 weeks. Do not pull off the umbilical
cord. Clean the cord with an alcohol wipe at every diaper change. Use alcohol wipes to dry the
yellowish or moist areas of the cord after each diaper change. Do not saturate the cord with
alcohol. A little bleeding may occur where the cord attaches to the skin as it is falling off.
Contact the Pediatric Clinic if you notice: