private postnatal care
As a Private Health Visitor, I also provide postnatal care services which include checking your baby’s weight. It is reassuring to know that some babies within the first two weeks of life, may lose a certain percentage of their birth weight. It is recommended that your baby’s weight is measured and plotted on the growth chart at 2 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks and 14 weeks. You will be able to see a trend in the plotting on your baby’s weight chart. Your health visitor will explain the growth chart to you.
As your Private Health Visitor, my role also includes performing an assessment of your baby’s skin, eyes and mouth and particularly assessing for oral thrush which is also a common condition in babies. The common symptom of oral thrush is a white coating on the tongue like cottage cheese which does not rub off easily. Other symptoms of oral thrush in babies are refusal to feed and they do not want to feed and nappy rash. It is important to note that babies can pass oral thrush on through breastfeeding. This can cause thrush on the mother’s nipples. If this happens, both the baby and the mother will require treatment. The baby will be given oral drops and mother a topical antifungal cream prescribed by the GP.
When we deliver postnatal care, we advise not to be worried about your baby’s weight within the first two weeks of life. This is because your baby may lose a percentage of his birth weight due to several reasons; for example, after the birth, your baby will be passing urine, meconium, he may even vomit, hence losing fluids which will cause the weight to drop. Also, he may not be feeding much after birth and sometimes breastfeeding can take some time to establish. Therefore, it makes sense why some babies may lose a little bit of weight but after two weeks, feeding is usually established and babies begin to gain weight steadily.
It is not advisable to weigh your baby too often as this can cause unnecessary anxiety. You only need to weight frequently if there growth or feeding issues or as advised by your GP or paediatrician.
I am a Private Health Visitor who is also skilled in assessing rash on your baby’s skin whilst I perform Postnatal Care. One of the most common type of skin condition is Baby Acne. Baby acne can sometimes appear within a month after your baby’s birth and most times resolved after a few weeks or months. It will help to gently wash your baby’s face with water and apply very mild moisturiser. Acne medications prescribed for older children or adults are not recommended for use on babies.