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Baby care

Care in the delivery room

  • Avoid heat loss. To do this, the baby is covered with a warm blanket and a hat is placed on it.
  • Pinching of the umbilical cord.
  • Umbilical cord blood donation.
  • Skin to skin contact.
  • Start of breastfeeding.
  • Weight, size and measurement of the cranial perimeter of the baby.
  • Prevention of hemorrhagic disease of the newborn with the administration of 1 ml of intramuscular vitamin K.
  • Prevention of newborn conjunctivitis with the administration of erythromycin ophthalmic ointment.

Care in the hospital floor

  • Umbilical cord care.
  • Baby bath.
  • Complete assessment by the hospital pediatricians.
  • Support for breastfeeding by nursing staff and an experienced breastfeeding midwife.
  • Advice on discharge.

Basic points

Respect parents' preferences.

Minimal interference in the adaptation of the baby outside the womb.

Facilitate and promote the mother-child bond.

Do not separate the baby from her mother unless her well-being requires it.

Promote, encourage and support breastfeeding.

Advise parents on baby care and alertness.