A baby is considered a newborn for the first 28 days of life. During this time, babies are fragile and must receive appropriate care to help improve the child's chances of survival.
Newborns need around-the-clock feeding and care to ensure they get a good, healthy start in life. There are certain things parents need to remember when caring for newborn babies.
- Breastfeeding is recommended, but the baby can get adequate nutrition from bottle feeding if the mother prefers this method.
- Newborns don't have a strong immune system, so parents need to wash their hands before handling the newborn to reduce the risk of spreading germs.
- Parents must handle newborns carefully, supporting the head and neck and being careful to avoid shaking the baby.