Baby Week 2: It’s only been a week, but your baby already knows you’re on his or her side. At this point, the baby has been able to recognize the voice of the caregiver and can rest assured that he is not alone and begins to adapt to a strange new world outside the womb. Please talk to your baby, the more often the better, although the baby still does not understand you, but the baby can feel their most needed love and warmth.

By week 2, the baby may already have the ability to raise the head gently.When your baby is lying down, pay special attention to the posture to ensure a smooth airway. At this point, the baby’s eyes are not fully developed yet, and the eyes are still blurred.

How to take care of your baby? – Baby Week 2

Your baby has begun to pay attention to the surroundings, so you can keep your face close to your baby whenever your speaking of taking care of her/him. While breastfeeding, try turning your head to the other side to see if your baby is looking at you too. This allows you to move and exercise your baby’s eye muscles. So, don’t worry too much if you feel like your baby is just giving you a glance, as your baby’s eyes are still blurred in the first few months.

Continuously engaging a conversation and communication with your baby allows your baby to receive the stimulation of sound and get used to your presence. Most importantly, even if your baby can’t understand what you’re talking, they can still feel love from your word, gestures, and action, which helps  build a sense of safety and calm your baby.

Health information for your baby

You may think your baby is healthy and does not need to see a doctor. But by week 2, you should bring your baby to a doctor for a check. Here’s what should be in your doctor’s appointment for your 2 week old baby:

  • Pumping the baby’s nose ensures a smooth respiratory tract, which helps reduce the risk of vomiting and choking.
  • Examine the baby’s eyes and create antibiotic ointment if necessary to avoid Gonorrhea or parasitic infection.
  • Measure height and head circumference to monitor baby’s development.

The Needs and Development of your Two Week Old Baby

Jaundice is a common symptom, especially in premature babies and breast-feeding babies. Baby jaundice turns the skin and eyes yellow. This is usually because the liver is not fully developed and cannot remove bilirubin from the blood yet. At first, the baby jaundice appears on the face, followed by the chest and abdomen, and finally the legs. It will also make the baby’s eyes white and look yellow. If you have dark skin, you can check the eyes and gums to see if they have such symptoms. If not sure how to check for jaundice on your newborn, you can also gently press the skin on your baby’s nose or forehead, which will appear particularly yellow.

Depending on the appearance of the baby, the doctor will diagnose whether there is jaundice, although it is still necessary to take blood from the baby’s heel to check the bilirubin concentration. Most newborn jaundice, which does not require special treatment, will disappear after 1 to 2 weeks. In some cases, it is recommended to increase the frequency of breastfeeding, or to replenish formula milk, which allows bilirubin to be excreted from the stool.

Severe jaundice may be recommended for light treatment, using special wavelengths of light to help the baby excrete bilirubin. If your baby has symptoms of jaundice, do not worry too much, please follow your doctor’s instructions to help your baby get the best care.

Reminder for parents

In the first few weeks, most mothers are worried about the baby’s weight. Is my newborn baby malnourished? Is it the normal standard weight? Why is it lighter than other babies? There is no need to worry too much, there are several signs to ensure that your baby gets enough nutrients. For example, the chest becomes empty and lighter after feeding, the baby’s skin is shiny, firm and elastic when gently pressed. If there is insufficient moisture, when pressing baby’s skin, it will wrinkle first before rebound.

The other way is to listen to the baby’s swallowing sound and see if it is enjoying the milk. Also, don’t worry too much if your baby has black or yellow feces regularly. Babies needs their diapers to be changed 5 to 8 times a day. If you reach this number, you will be sure that your baby has enough energy and the necessary nutrition.

Whether you’re breastfeeding or feeding bottles, keep in mind that the growth rate of your baby varies at each stage, sometimes slower. If your baby is always energetic, having fun and healthy, these are signs of a great development. If you have any concerns about your baby’s weight, consult a physician who will advise you on what to do.

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