Care for the Newborn Infant

The birth of a new baby is one of the most amazing moments in a woman’s life.  Care of the newborn starts immediately after delivery.  One of the primary medical concerns at this time is regulating the newborn baby’s body temperature.  This can be done by: the clinician rubbing the baby, heat lamp, skin-to-skin contact, swaddling and the placement of a baby cap on your newborn’s head. AltroCare infant caps are made of the softest knit and are designed to maintain warmth by preventing heat loss through the head. 

Following the warming of the baby he or she will receive their first exam and be given an APGAR Score. The exam, which is often given at the mother’s bedside, is a score that measures the physical condition of the newborn baby. The score is a 0-2 measurement for each of these conditions: heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, response to stimulation, and skin coloration.  The higher the score the better the infant's condition.  The baby will also be given a physical exam. 

For more information about APGAR test and scoring, see:

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