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Health Tip: Basics of Newborn Care

(HealthDay News) -- Taking a "new mothers" class and asking nurses to help with baby basics during your hospital stay can help prepare you for time at home, says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Before discharge, the agency recommends that you know how to:

  • Handle a newborn and support your baby's neck.
  • Change your baby's diaper.
  • Bathe, dress and swaddle your baby.
  • Feed and burp your baby.
  • Clean the umbilical cord.
  • Care for a healing circumcision.
  • Use a bulb syringe to clear nasal passages.
  • Take a newborn's temperature.
  • Soothe a baby.

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