As a new mom, it’s only human nature to be worried about almost anything your baby does. However, there are some things new mothers tend to worry about that aren’t that serious to your baby’s health and well being. In fact, being so stressed out about your baby can have a negative effect on your own health. Find out what common issues trigger worry in new mothers and the solutions that can make your life a whole lot easier.
New mothers fret over any small sign that their newborn may be ill. A common action new moms take is to call the nurse or pediatrician consistently anytime they feel something may be wrong with their baby. Not only is this reaction unnecessary, it can drive your doctor nuts. It is important to be able to tell the difference between regular signs of sickness and symptoms of something more serious. Sniffles, sneezes and coughs are less serious signs and may mean your baby has a slight cold. Symptoms that require a visit to your doctor includes fever, excessive vomiting, inability or unwillingness to eat or if your baby is displaying uncharacteristic behavior such as lethargy.
SID (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
Many new mothers are terrified that their baby will fall victim to SID. One fact to find some comfort in is that the risk for SID is highest when babies are between 1-4 months old. After 6 months, the risk goes down dramatically. Additionally, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your baby from being at risk for SID. Medical studies show that allowing your baby to sleep with a pacifier can help prevent SID. It is important to create the ideal sleeping environment as well. Put your baby to sleep on his/her back instead of the stomach and make sure the sleeping area is free of hazardous materials such as loose sheets, stuffed animals and pillows. Having a firm mattress is also helpful and be sure your baby doesn’t overheat while sleeping.
Some new mothers worry that their newborn isn’t getting enough food to eat, which can disrupt the baby’s pattern of growth. The good news is that during the breastfeeding stages, a mother’s body knows just how much to give to the baby based on how much or how little she/he suckles and how often. Another way to tell if your baby is getting enough food is to check that he/she regularly wets his/her diaper. Lack of regular stool or urine is a sign that your baby isn’t receiving enough breast milk.
Not Being a Good Mom
One of the greatest fears mothers have is that they won’t be a good parent. Having a baby is a challenge for anyone and being depressed or anxious about how you’ll do as a mom is normal. What isn’t normal, however, is letting a negative attitude overwhelm your thoughts. Allowing this to happen will directly affect your parenting skills as well as your interaction with your baby. It is important to practice being more optimistic. If you’re worried about your parenting skills, ask for help from your friends that are mothers or women in your family. Read books, talk to your doctor, take steps to educate yourself about raising a baby and being a parent. In the end it is important to realize that your baby is depending on you. Each parent is different so do what works for you and your little one.