Your baby will have a full examination before being discharged home from hospital and you will have regular visits at home from your community midwife to check on you and your baby’s wellbeing.
Occasionally baby’s illnesses can become serious very quickly and there are some very important symptoms that can develop that you should be aware of. You know your baby best so if you are worried you must ask for help sooner rather than later. The following check list of symptoms may help you to decide whether you need to seek medical attention for your baby from either your midwife or doctor:
- High pitched or weak cry
- Pale all over
- Baby appears less responsive or floppy
- Makes a grunting noise with each breath
- Passes much less urine
- Has blood in stools
- Takes less than a third of feed
- Vomits green fluid
- Has high fever or sweating
Out of hours you can talk to a midwife on the postnatal ward by dialing 01932 722291. You can talk to a midwife or leave a message for your community midwife by dialing 01932 722413 during office hours.
Urgent medical attention can be obtained by dialing 999 if your baby:
- Is unresponsive and shows no awareness of what is going on
- Cannot be woken
- Has glazed eyes and does not focus on anything
- Has fit
- Stops breathing or goes blue
Information for reducing the risk of cot death can be found in the NHS leaflet ‘Reduce the risk of cot death’ that you will be given prior to your discharge from hospital.
The main recommendations include:
- Placing your baby on his / her back to sleep in a cot in a room with you
- Do not or cut down smoking in pregnancy – fathers as well
- Do not let anyone smoke in the same room as your baby
- Do not share a bed with your baby if you have been drinking alcohol, if you take drugs or if you are a smoker
- Never sleep with your baby on a sofa or armchair
- Do not let your baby get too hot - keep your baby’s head uncovered and place your baby in the position
Children in the age group 0-4 years are most at risk from a home accident.
Your health visitor will arrange to visit you after the 10th post natal day.
He / she will be able to give you practical information on the general safety of you baby. She will also give you a copy of the ‘Birth to five’ book at her first which will also give you information on preventing accidents and general first aid.
Further information can be found on the trust website in the Maternity Services section.