The only way that your newborn can express discomfort is by crying. When he/she cries, you wouldn’t even know why he/she is crying. To get an idea about it, it is best to keep a close watch on the child. The baby has to be simply under constant observation. The first reason is because he/she brings that remarkable feeling of parenthood in you. Secondly, so that he/she is away from any harm coming his/her way.
- A baby can move his/her limbs since the time of birth, but he/she cannot roll over or change his/her position at will. However, by the time your baby is 5 months old, he/she would have learnt to roll over and these sudden movements can result in his/her falling from the bed or any higher surface. So you have to ensure that he/she is well guarded with pillows on all sides when he/she is asleep and someone is always keeping an eye on him/her when he/she is awake and playing.
- A baby’s skin is very tender and delicate which makes it prone to cuts and burns. Keeping any hot object or beverage near the child or cooking with the baby in your arms is a very strict no-no. Never keep any sharp objects near the baby. The baby’s cot or bed should not have sharp edges or uneven design surfaces that can cause injury. Always check the pram for exposed bolts or serrated edges.
- Leaving the baby unattended on a high or a low feeding chair can be potentially dangerous, especially if the base of the chair is not broad enough. Any sudden forceful movement of your baby can cause the chair to topple over and cause serious injuries.
- Children of this age group, invariably, put anything that they can pick up into their mouths. So, one of the first things to be ensured is that no small object is kept anywhere near the baby. This will ensure that the baby does not get choked or get suffocated. You must ensure that objects like clips, coins, small toy parts, pins are not anywhere near the baby.
- While driving in a car with your baby, make sure they are seated on the baby seats and not the car seat. Place the baby seat on the seat of our car and then tightly put the seat belt for them. This will ensure that your baby does not topple over when you apply the brakes since your baby would not have developed the reflex for sudden jerks or movements.
- Always keep a baby kit with all the medicines, extra clothes, and wipes for cleaning.
- Never leave your baby unattended in a bathtub or near any electrical appliances. They may go out or touch the electrical appliance leading to some accident.
- Use insect repellents to keep your baby safe from a mosquito or other insects. Baby’s skin is very delicate, even a small mosquito bite could lead to red marks or rashes.