New Parents: Common Worries
Caring for a new baby is time-consuming and exhausting. If you are a worrier or perfectionist, the first months can become overwhelming. What are some common worries?
- First: Some parents worry about medical problems such as jaundice or spitting up. You need accurate information about these, so call your healthcare provider.
- Second: If you are breast-feeding and not sure your baby is getting enough to eat, stop by your healthcare provider's office for a weight check. About 20% of mothers need extra help with nursing.
- Third: Some parents feel that they must watch their baby constantly. They are afraid that their baby might stop breathing. You really needn't hover over you baby if he's asleep, and if he's awake but content, it's also fine to go about your house.
- Fourth: Some parents worry that any crying might cause their baby to become insecure. Although it's good to try to soothe your baby when he cries, sometimes you won't succeed. Some crying is a normal and harmless part of the first year of life.
In summary: To survive the first months with your newborn, you need to conserve energy. Don't waste it on needless worries. If you have other questions about your baby, consult your healthcare provider.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D. FAAP
Last Review: 6/1/2008
Last Revised: 6/1/2000
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