Notes for New Moms—By Kathleen Lynzmeier-Lytal, M.D.
What are some things that new moms worry about that they shouldn't? Pediatrician Kathleen Lynzmeier-Lytal says something a lot of new moms worry about that they shouldn't is gas. "A lot of moms are worried because the gas is so disruptive to their baby. All babies have some form of gas. Their digestive system is still very immature. So, they need time for that to develop."
"Supportive care for gas includes moving a baby's legs and massaging his tummy. There isn't good evidence-based research that over-the-counter drops help, but many patients report they do. Anecdotally, gripe water or Gerber's Sooth drops seem to help to relieve gas in babies.
"Although controversial, some believe that a baby with a bad latch or a tongue-tie will predispose that baby to swallowing more air and end up with having excess gas and discomfort. So, if a baby is having a lot of gas or discomfort, it's important to have that baby evaluated for tongue-tie."
What do you tell new moms who are nervous about taking care of a newborn for the first time?
"There is no manual for being a parent, unfortunately. One book I highly recommend is Baby 411. It breaks a lot of the common questions down in a really good way and is a good resource if parents have questions, so that they can reference that book if they have a question in the middle of the night."
"When a mom comes in for her first visit with her newborn, her life has changed dramatically in a short period of time. Both parents are sleep deprived and just trying to keep their baby alive. I tell my patients that "we are all in this together" and offer them support. Raising a baby takes a village, and it's important for new parents to know that they are not alone and have the support of their doctor and families as well."
*This article is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace medical care. As always, check with your doctor to discuss your feelings when pregnant to make sure the feelings you are having are normal and not antenatal depression.