New Baby Care
For more information about New Baby Care, call Pullman Regional Hospital BirthPlace (509) 336-7401
We Keep on Caring
Don’t forget that when you begin your new family at Pullman Regional Hospital’s BirthPlace, you become a part of our family too! We will be here to answer your questions in the weeks and months to come.
If you have questions, if you’re having difficulty feeding your baby, or become tired or discouraged with the demands of an infant, you can talk with our nurses by calling us any time at (509) 336-7401.
- Feed on cue 8-12 or more times in 24 hours, waking baby if necessary
- Skin to skin with baby promotes breastfeeding
- Consider burping between sides
- Babies who are breastfed do not need additional food, formula, or water for the first 6 months of life unless medically indicated
- For concerns contact the lactation nurse at BirthPlace 509-336-7401
Safe Sleep Practices
We are committed to pro-actively promoting best safe sleep practices and by educating on infant sleep safety. Visit our Safe Sleep page to learn more about Safe Sleep practices for your new little one.
Crying and your baby
Healthy babies can cry a lot in their first five months of life. Find out more information about what amount is normal and the Period of PURPLE Crying.
- Keep cord dry at base after bathing.
- No need to use alcohol for cleaning.
- Typically, the cord dries and falls off within the first 2 weeks after birth.
- Wash your hands and all equipment.
- Follow directions exactly when mixing formula.
- Alternate the arm in which baby is held in order to help promote equal eye development. Paced-bottle feeding is recommended. Watch Video
- Discard unused portion after feeding.
- Sterilization of bottles/nipples is unnecessary if using chlorinated water or a dishwasher
- Formula is only safe 1 hour at room temperature.
- Gently press your finger on baby’s skin in natural light. Look for a yellow color. If your baby is jaundiced from face to thighs, or if the whites of the eyes are yellow, or if the baby is very sleepy and not eating well, call your doctor.
- Feed frequently. The bilirubin is excreted mostly in feces. The more the baby “poops,” the faster the jaundice resolves.
Skin Care & Bath
- Dry and peeling is normal for first 2 weeks. If cracking is present, apply Vaseline or A&D ointment to cracking areas.
- At 2 or 3 days, baby may appear to be covered with tiny mosquito bites—this is a normal rash, no need to treat.
- At approximately 2-4 weeks, baby’s face may become covered with small red pimples—this is infant acne, no need to treat.
- To bathe baby, start with the head. Clean each eye from inner to outer corner with a different portion of the washcloth. Work in a downward direction for the rest of the body.
- Baby powder and baby oil are not recommended. Powder may enter lungs and cause irritation and infection. Baby oil may block pores. Diaper ointments such as Vaseline, A&D ointment, and Desitin are fine.
- Normal range: 98-99 degrees (°F).
- Rectal temperature is more accurate than other methods.
- A rectal temperature of 100.4 degrees (°F) is a fever, and your baby should be seen by a doctor.
- Use water soluble jelly (K-Y) before placing thermometer into rectum. Gently insert ½ to ¾ inch, and hold in place until thermometer beeps.
When to Call for Medical Help
- Problems with breathing, including blue lips, struggling to breathe, indentations in chest with breaths (not hiccoughs).
- Change in baby’s behavior—floppy and difficult to awaken, or unusually fussy or irritable.
- Baby jaundiced to thighs, sleepy, and not eating well.
- Rectal temperature too high or too low despite unwrapping or dressing more warmly.
- Problems with cord or circumcision.
- Something “doesn’t seem right,” or you are worried about your baby’s health or behavior.