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Fremont, CA
A 37-year-old male asked:

Please provide some do's and don'ts on caring for a newborn.

38 doctor answers58 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Ignore: Do swaddle baby to give comfort ; security.Do not use perfumed wipes.It may cause allergy/ skin rash.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Do: Do not feed baby every time he is crying. Do find out what is wrong with your baby first.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics 59 years experience
Babies: Babies will cry for one of 3 reasons, either hunger, dirty diaper or pain.
Dr. Charlene Sojico
Pediatrics 42 years experience
Do: Do talk to your babies. They love the sound of your voice. Don't overreact. Stay calm.
Dr. Kimberly Ramsdell
Pediatrics 26 years experience
I made up a song for each of my children. I'd sing it whenever either they (or I) became overwhelmed and it would soothe quickly. It's been 14 years and it still works.
Jan 17, 2016
Dr. April Hartman
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Ignore: Since starting the "back to sleep" campaign, the number of babies dying of SIDS has been cut in half.
Dr. Marshall Seligmann
Pediatrics 15 years experience
Ignore: Don't leave your child unattended on a table or other elevated surface.
Dr. Kyon Hood
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Ignore: Call Dr. immediately for fever (100.4 (rectal) or higher). Wash hands often. Avoid crowds.
Dr. Neigatha Graney
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Ignore: All We Need Is Love! Hold your baby with confidence, trust your instincts, seek doctor's advice.
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Ignore: Don't ever leave a newborn on a surface unattended. The day they roll over will catch you off guard.
Dr. Tanya Russo
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Ignore: Most fevers in newborns are viral, but should be considered medical emergencies until proven.
Dr. Michelle Karten
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Ignore: Always place your newborn to sleep on its back in a bassinet.
Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine 26 years experience
Ignore: DO opt for simplicity (not many gadgets are needed). DON'T be afraid to ask for help!
Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
Pediatrics 21 years experience
Ignore: Taking care of a newborn takes energy so be sure to take care of yourself too!
Dr. Jeffrey Juchau
Family Medicine 34 years experience
Ignore: Do love your baby, sleep baby on back until baby can roll, use a pacifier. Do not leave baby in car.
Dr. Nguyen Nguyen
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Ignore: Do: -Love and enjoy your baby -Be confident -Get some rest -Get help Don't: do too much.
Dr. Natalie Hodge
Pediatrics 27 years experience
Ignore: Sleep when you can! Try and lie down for a nap when baby is napping.
Dr. Brad Goldenberg
Neonatology 37 years experience
Ignore: Change diapers regularly, make sure baby is fed on demand q3-4 hrs, crib is free of loud noises.
Dr. Julan Crane
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Ignore: Do take care of yourself as a healthy mother is able to create a healthy child .
Dr. Carlos Jesurun
Neonatology 49 years experience
Ignore: Patience! Don't be uptight and be flexible! Babies don't always read the book:-).
Dr. Lori Semel
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Ignore: Don't over dress or under dress.Infants should be in clothing similar to how you are dressed.
Dr. Lawrence Wasser
Specializes in Pediatrics
Ignore: Sleep on back in own bed, with nothing in the bed but the baby - no pillows,blankets, or toys.
Dr. Krishna Anand
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Ignore: Feed the baby 2 hourly,and burp after feed ,keep the belly button clean and dry.baby to lie on back.
Dr. Christian Assad
Cardiology 15 years experience
Ignore: Lack of sleep might be one of the most difficult parts of new motherhood!if baby sleeps so should U.
Dr. Thomas Mcgowan
Specializes in Family Medicine
Ignore: Babies can sense if you are stressed. If you are stressed they will stress and cry and fuss more.
Dr. Albert Melaragno
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Ignore: Talk, sing, and frequently cuddle and kiss your child.
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 60 years experience
Ignore: DON'T HESITATE to obtain a good Book as a guide!! Ask your Pediatrician for a suggestion!!!!!!!
Dr. Helena Bentley
Pediatrics 40 years experience
Ignore: Love, love and more love!!! Try not to be overly anxious when holding your baby. Stay calm.
Dr. Venkata Vallury
Pediatrics 44 years experience
Ignore: Tender loving care, feed, change diapers, read to them, talk to them,dont let dogs or cats near them.
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Ignore: Breastfeed as much as possible, keep baby warm, avoid exposure to sick and prevent SIDS & injuries.
Dr. Christine Tong
Pediatrics 20 years experience
Ignore: Umbilical cord care: keep area dry and clean until cord falls off. no baths, keep diaper below area.
Dr. David Roer
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Ignore: The best advise I give is "always go with your gut instincts", you will usually be right.
Dr. Nadia Ghattas
49 years experience
Ignore: Read for your child daily, inclde religious books, avoid scarey books, pray with them every night.
Dr. Carol Jacobs
Specializes in Pediatrics
Ignore: Dress infant in onsie PJ and put in crib with just bottom sheet - NO bumperpads, blankets or pillows.
Dr. Vanessa Neal
Pediatrics 18 years experience
Ignore: If child feels feverish, use a rectal thermometer. Seek medical care for temps more than 100.4F.
Dr. Brandon Greene
Pediatrics 10 years experience
Ignore: Diet: Only give breast milk or properly mixed formula. NEVER give babies water.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics 37 years experience
Ignore: Do rest when your baby rests and don't worry about the cleanliness of home. Stay calm and ENJOY!
Dr. Julie Tomberlin
Pediatrics 23 years experience
Ignore: Do ask your doctor lots of questions at your visits.
Dr. Michelle Ramirez-joglar
Pediatrics 19 years experience
Ignore: Do not over bundle, use the number of layers you are wearing as a guide to how many layers for baby.

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