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Along with the chill and wind, the winter season also brings along concerns for a new mother. The majority of mothers find themselves looking for answers to various queries about taking care of a new born during winters. Here are a few of the most common concerns:
How many layers should a newborn have?
A newborn feel as hot or cold as other people and need one layer more than the father / other people in that environment . We do not make comparisons with the mother for the initial few weeks as she is undergoing hormonal changes which may make her feel hot.
How do I know if my baby is too hot or cold?
If your baby is cold, their hands and feet will be cold and blotchy blue and if they are hot their necks are clammy and sweaty. Babies usually cry if they are either too hot or cold.
Do babies need heater / humidifiers?
Babies need a comfortable environment. Heaters like blowers cause drying of the air, so are not recommended as they can cause drying of the nasal passage of the baby.
Humidifiers or heaters with humidifiers are preferred. In case you are using a blower, please make sure there is a bucket of water or wet towels in the room. This will maintain the humidity level of the room.
Do babies need extra lotions?
Yes, like all of us it is a good idea to moisturize your babies with non-aromatic hypoallergic lotion, in winters.
When should I bathe my baby?
Babies can be bathed at anytime convenient to the parents under controlled temperature especially when temperatures are too low to avoid catching chills.
Can I massage my baby in winter?
Massaging the baby in winters has the same beneficial effects as it has in summers. Just make sure the room temperature is comfortable for the baby so that is an enjoyable experience for both you and the little one.
This post is written by Dr Anita Sharma (PT), IBCLC, Childbirth educator (LCCE)
P.S. - This information cannot be substituted for medical advice. Please contact your baby’s doctor for further info.