This week is all about newborn care. World Vision is promoting the importance of newborn care worldwide. Providing essential newborn care and breastfeeding are necessary steps in improving the health of newborns. The National Neonatology Forum (NNF) supports UNICEF and other NGOs in improving newborn health. Every day, the forum will share 28 key messages about the importance of newborn care. The organization will also launch an app for parents and caregivers with practical guidance on infant care. In addition, it will launch a ten-step document for decision-makers to improve the health of newborns in the Americas.
The first visit to a newborn care clinic starts with a review of the child’s health. Newborn care providers ask parents about the baby’s habits, physical activity, and behavioural patterns. They also perform a physical exam and conduct age-appropriate screenings. These visits also help identify potential problems early. The goal of newborn care visits is to help parents become more confident and educate themselves about their baby’s health and developmental milestones.
The ANC visit and advice on ENBC and PNC were significant predictors of the practices of mothers. However, they did not share knowledge about the benefits of early breastfeeding and other newborn care practices. The differences in the finding of these factors may be due to cultural factors, study area, and study period. In addition, women may have received information about newborn care during their ANC visits. These findings suggest a need to increase awareness of these practices.
While routine newborn care is vital for every infant, a few babies require intervention during delivery. A team of healthcare providers may identify those infants who are at risk and begin resuscitation immediately. The goal is to ensure the newborn’s safety and minimize the risk of neonatal deaths. The objectives of newborn care are multifaceted and will help increase the survival rate of these babies. They can help reduce child loss by improving health outcomes and development.
Newborns are fragile, but holding them is essential to bonding. Having a newborn’s head is crucial, especially as the neck muscles are not yet developed enough to support the crown. The chair can be fragile, and newborns need to be held while cradled by a loving parent. It is essential in the first few days of life, as newborns do not develop their neck muscles until the second month.
Providing quality newborn care is crucial to preventing deaths and illness. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Latin American Centre for Perinatology (LACP) have launched the “28 Days, Time to Care and Love” campaign to promote quality newborn care. The campaign aims to increase awareness among caregivers and foster self-confidence, preventing the occurrence of newborn mortality. It is vital as newborns are vulnerable to many diseases.