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Handling & Feeding Infants. HPC 3O March 20 th , 2013. Neck muscles can’t support their head. Handling a Baby. Shaken Baby Syndrome How to handle a stressful situation: Put baby down in a safe place and go to another room to calm down Ask a friend or relative to care for baby

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handling feeding infants

Handling & Feeding Infants

HPC 3O

March 20th, 2013

gentle handling

Shaken Baby Syndrome

How to handle a stressful situation:

  • Put baby down in a safe place and go to another room to calm down
  • Ask a friend or relative to care for baby
  • Take deep breaths or look out window
  • Call someone and talk about your problem until calm
Gentle Handling
feeding a baby

Not only about nourishment! Contact is also important!

  • Sporadic feeding schedules when newborns
  • 2nd/3rd month a pattern emerges
Feeding a Baby
feeding methods

1st year  breast milk or formula

  • When feeding from bottle  head and neck to be supported, head well above stomach, hold bottle @ an angle
Feeding Methods
feeding methods1

Warming bottle  place bottle in water boiling on stove until bottle is lukewarm

  • Never use microwave!  hot spots in formula
Feeding Methods
self feeding

8-10 months

  • Provide finger foods as encouragement!
  • Allow plenty of time for each meal
Self-Feeding
self feeding safely

Cut into small pieces

  • Choose feeds that are easy to break  dry toast, rice cakes, cereal pieces, etc;
  • Stay away from raw veggies, whole grapes, candy, or popcorn
  • Just a few pieces @ a time!
Self-Feeding Safely
overfeeding

Will look fat in the first months after birth  will become slim by age 3!

  • Bottle-fed tend to be more overweight than breast-fed
  • Young children need the same nutrition as adults except smaller serving sizes
Overfeeding
inadequate nutrition

Enough calories for growth

  • Foods with nutrients
  • Food that is easy to digest
  • Adequate amounts of liquid

If these points are not met, child may suffer from poor nutrition

Inadequate Nutrition
homework

Meeting the nutritional needs of an infant might be challenging for teens who are not themselves inclined to have good eating habits.

Your task: Keep a record of the foods you eat for one week. Besides listing the foods, record nutritional values if you can.

Homework!
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