As a pediatric nursing practitioner Barbara‘s role is to help mothers to get to know their babies and cope with problems during early childhood by offering practical and evidence based advice. Mothers are often overwhelmed by conflicting advice in the media and from other family members that leaves them confused and anxious.
Help and support with early parenting:
Parenthood is a time of emotional highs and lows. You may experience feelings of great joy, happiness and love as well as feelings of doubt fear and anxiety. Each family is unique. Some settle down quickly into a comfortable pattern and others take months to adjust.
As new parents you might need help with the adjustment of having a new baby and what it requires especially during the first few weeks.
Clinic visits to weigh baby and answer all your questions give the moms reassurance and put their minds at ease and help with coping as a mother.
Infant feeding problems:
Babies are born with an immature digestive and nervous system that can result into numerous problems like, colic, reflux, and constipation, sleep issues etc. It is also very difficult to distinguish why baby is crying.
Professional advice can help the parents to understand how cope with these problems and to learn how to settle a newborn baby.
Breastfeeding can be very difficult in the beginning. To get help early can save the breastfeeding experience. It should not be a painful experience.
Not all moms can breastfeed successfully and will need help with choosing a suitable breast milk substitute. The ultimate goal is to offer enough nutrition so that baby will have good growth
Introduction of feeding schedules and routines:
Introduction of solids and weaning can be a daunting experience. Help is offered with when to introduce solids as well as establishing routines and age related feeding schedules.
The clinic offer all the scheduled vaccines to help your baby fight infections.
Moms support group
Growth and development Assessments:
It is normal for infants to lose up to 10% of their birth weight during the first 3 days after birth. It is important to have regained birth weight by day 10 to 14. Regular growth and development assessments are important to ensure optimum development. Advice is offered how to stimulate the baby to reach milestones at the correct ages.
In the early months of life, the baby learns to regulate
sleep-wake cycles. Help is offered to the parents to establish healthy sleep patterns and to help baby to self sooth. The young infant also learns to tolerate a range of sensory experiences and to balance the states of arousal and alertness. Parents can help their baby by avoiding over-stimulation.