* Introduction

* Pre-Birth           Mother Care

* Birth

* Bringing your    New Baby          Home

* Inoculations

* Feeding your    Baby

* Drugs

* Diapers

* Washing

* Clothes

* Sickness

* Babysitters

* Friends

* Walking

* Watching

* Playing,    Reading &    Teaching

* Toys

* Jewelry

* Smoking

* Body Parts

* Singing

* Pictures

* After Birth    Mother Care

* Mosquito    Spray and    Coils

* Fans

* Kids and    Animals

* Sanitation &    Cleaning

* Girls and Boys

Body Parts

   Your baby will require special care for their body, as they can not care for themselves. Below are some considerations:

EYES

   You must take special care that your baby's eyes are not damaged. This can happen in many ways.

* Eye diseases or other diseases that can get into a baby's eyes. You need to watch for any redness, swelling, discoloration in and around the eyes.

* Babies like to scratch their eyes. You should use baby gloves for the first 2 to 3 months. After that, you should not use the gloves, as the baby needs to see and use their hands to learn. The gloves should be clean and soft, and not have any lint on them that could get in the baby's eyes. You should not keep the gloves on if they are wet.

* Toys, or anything else a baby can pick up should not be pointy, or contain sharp edges. This is to keep the baby from accidentally scratching their eyes.

* Also, many babies are born cross eyed. This means that their eyes do no point in the same direction. This is usually not a problem for babies under 2 or 3 months old, but if it continues, you can try an eye patch. Put an eye patch over one of the baby's eyes for a half hour. Take it off for an hour or so, and then put it on the other eye for a half hour. Do this every day, for a few weeks. If it doesn't work, see a doctor.

* Do not put baby powder anywhere on your baby's body, where it can get into their eyes.  You should only put powder under the diaper.

 

NOSE

   Your baby will most certainly have problems with their nose. When they get a cold, the nose will be stuffed up, and it will be hard to breath. Baby's use only their nose to breath for the first few months.


   If you baby's nose is stuffed up, gently clean it with a tissue or cotton swab. Do not blow into or out of the baby's nose to clear it out, as this can cause lung damage to the baby.

 

HAIR

   A baby's hair and head should be kept clean. It should be washed with shampoo or baby soap once or twice a day.  If you want to clean it more than that, just use water. A baby's hair should be kept short, so it is easy to clean, and to keep out dirt and bugs.  Many babies don't have much hair when they are born, and even into the first several months.  This is not a problem.

 

MOUTH AND TEETH AND THROAT

* Look into your baby's mouth every week to see what it looks like when there is no problem.

* If a baby is choking, open up their mouth and see if there is anything they tried to eat, that you can pull out. If you can't see anything, hold them an hit them on the back, to see if you can force out any obstruction. If this doesn't work, get medical help immediately.

* Keep anything out of your baby's mouth that is dangerous. This includes anything small enough that they can fit into their mouth, or can be bitten off or fall off of a larger object. Any liquids which are not part of their normal diet. Any sharp objects.

* Most solid foods should be kept away from a baby until they have at least most of their teeth in. The solid foods you use should be properly prepared for their particular age.

* When your baby starts teething, this will cause them pain. Not too much you can do to help them. You need to give then something to chew on, not food, that will help their teeth to cut through their gums. A soft plastic, or hard rubber chew toy usually works. You can also give them a cold, wet towel to chew on, and this will reduce the pain.

* Teeth can start growing any time after the baby is born. Normally between 6 months and one year old. First the bottom 2 front teeth come in, then the top 2 front teeth, and then the rest.



EARS

* A baby's ears are very delicate. You want to make sure that nothing sharp gets into a baby's ears.

   Also, small bugs can get into a baby's ears. You need to remove the bug, and clean the baby's ears with salt water and a cotton swab if this happens.

* Earaches are a common baby problem. This can affect one ear or both. This could be a common ear infection, or part of a larger problem. See a doctor if there is any ear infection.

* Keep a baby's ears away from loud sounds. This could be a speaker that is loud, talking loudly next to a baby's ear while holding her, or a toy that makes sounds right next to a baby's ear.

* Do not put earrings in a baby's ears.  There is too much chance of infection in the hole for the earring.


HANDS / FEET

     

* A baby's fingers and toes are very flexible, but also very delicate. Do not bend your baby's fingers or toes. Watch out when picking her up, that her fingers and toes are not stuck in or on anything that could bend them

*Keep a baby's hands clean. They put their hands on anything that they can touch, and then put their hands in their mouth and eyes.

* Keep your baby's nails trimmed. Usually once every 5 days to once a week is enough. You can try trimming the nails while the baby is sleeping, because they won't move around as much.

* Do not put any rings on a baby's fingers. These can cause circulation problems and damage the finger, and can deform the finger bone.

* Do not put any bracelets on a baby. These can cause circulation problems, deform bones, cause scratching to the skin, and small parts can fall off choking a baby.

 

GENITALS

   You need to examine your baby's genitals at several times a day, usually when you are washing them. Look for any signs of disease, redness, cuts or scratches.


SKIN

   A baby's skin can have many problems. Cuts or scratches, redness or other discoloring, bug bites, rashes.

* Any cuts should be treated immediately to prevent infection. Usually the best treatment for a minor cut is to clean the wound with soap and water and then keep the wound clean and dry. This should be done at least 4 times a day.

* Bug bites need to be watched for excessive swelling. Mosquito bites are common, and a bite or two a day usually is not a problem. Other bug bites can cause swelling that needs to be treated by a doctor. Especially around the eyes, nose, ears and genitals.

 

NECK

   A baby's head bounces all over the place. If you're not careful, this can cause serious problems. Violent shaking can damage a baby's neck bone, which can cause paralysis. Be careful when picking up a baby or carrying her. Especially in the first 3 months, when the neck muscles are very weak.

* Be careful when rocking a baby in a hammock or rocking chair that their head is not bouncing around.

* Be careful when forcing a baby to turn her head, for any reason.

* Strangulation is also a problem when something is wrapped around a baby's neck. A shirt collar or string is the most common cause of strangulation.

* Keep necklaces away from babies.