Needless to say, when your child looks at you and smiles for the first time, you will instantly forget the difficulties you encountered. A smile on a baby’s face can brighten up the whole house. Laughter is a sign of recognition in infants’ growing social skills. Laughter begins in sleep for a variety of reasons. A smile can be a sign that a child is awake or responding to an inner urge. Watching a newborn baby sleep is a lot of fun, and the real joy comes when the baby starts looking at you and smiling at the end of the first month.
When will my baby smile for the first time?
Your adults, pediatrician, and friends have already told you that a newborn baby’s smile often comes when the baby is at least 1 month old. They are right. If children do not have a social smile, they will develop a smile after recognizing someone after one month.
But there are other reasons why newborns actually laugh. Some children laugh because they want to fall asleep, feel comforted, and urinate. Whatever the reason, rejoice in that sweet first smile.
Before launching his first smile, the child does a lot of laughter experiments, practicing and exploring how the mouth moves. The first “real” smile is usually seen between 6 and 8 weeks when the baby recognizes and responds to a specific person (mom or dad). When the baby smiles, use not only the baby’s mouth but the whole face. You can see the difference when you see that sweet smile.
How do I encourage my child to laugh?
If you want to help your child smile, pet the child, play with the child, and talk often. Many studies have shown that babies who receive parental care and affection grow faster, have a well-functioning brain, and are more sociable. Therefore, you always joke with the child and laugh.
What if my child still does not smile?
Just as some adults are quicker to laugh than others, so are some babies. If your 1-month-old baby is still not smiling, don’t worry. Even the happiest baby can take between 4 weeks and 4 months to smile. You may have heard that smile delay is an early indicator of autism. This is true, but late smiles are rarely the only symptom a child with autism shows. If after 4 months your baby is still smiling but making noises, focusing his eyes, and responding to verbal and visual cues with you, the baby may naturally lose a smiling personality. But if you have any concerns about this, talk to your pediatrician.
Are newborns aware of weight loss?
Weight loss will be followed by fatigue and constant tiredness. However, if weight loss is abnormal in infants, proper care should be taken. Today we bring you this article to know about the causes of weight loss in newborns and the steps to be taken to reduce the weight of newborns.
It has long been believed that lack of breast milk is the leading cause of early weight loss in infants. There is no doubt that breast milk keeps a baby healthy. But in addition to breastfeeding, recent studies have shown several other factors that can lead to weight loss in newborns.
Here are some common causes of weight loss in newborns.
IV fluid is given to the mother
IV fluids given to the mother during childbirth can affect the initial weight loss of the newborn. IV fluid use during childbirth can cause a large amount of fluid to transfer from mother to fetus. Therefore, the birth weight of such babies may increase due to excessive fluid storage. As the baby loses excess fluid during the first few days of life, he or she loses more than the normally acceptable 10% limit.
Stress and transfer
Another popular theory is that babies are born overweight to cope with the stress of childbirth and the shifting of the uterus. Most babies lose weight at birth after learning to adapt to the external environment after birth.
Excess fat storage
It takes 3-5 days from birth for breast milk to mature, so extra fat is stored at birth. This extra fat helps them to pay for a few days before they reach mature breast milk. This extra fat can also lead to weight gain at birth and weight loss after a few days.
Dry heat caused by radiant warmers and incubators can also be a common cause of excess fluid loss in infants and can lead to weight loss.
The average amount of weight loss in newborns
The average weight of a newborn baby is usually between 6 and 9 pounds. The baby is expected to lose about 10 percent of its birth weight within the first two days of life. 10% weight loss is considered normal. However, weight loss of more than 10% of the birth weight can be dangerous to the health of the newborn. Further tests are needed to rule out the possibility that the baby may be suffering from a serious illness.
Taking steps to prevent weight loss in newborns
Newborns are expected to lose weight and it is completely normal. There is no need to do anything to prevent a 5 to 10 percent loss of the original birth weight.
If a baby is less than 10 percent of its birth weight, it may be due to inadequate nutrition. Therefore, a strict nutrition schedule should be followed. It can be either breast milk or formula.
Breastfeeding mothers should consult a specialist about the weight loss of their babies. Newborns should be breastfed once every two hours or 12 times a day to ensure that they receive all the nutrients they need for normal growth.
Caring for a newborn baby can be challenging. Many parents are really stressed. When new parents have to deal with health issues such as abnormal weight loss of a newborn, they may experience more stress than usual. It is also important to talk to other parents who have had similar experiences before dealing with stress and resolving the issue effectively.