What is the difference between the words – ‘weeping’ and ‘wiping’?

Wiping – is cleaning something with a piece of cloth

Whereas weeping is a sort of crying :'(.

We discussed this here since weeping and wiping are quite similar in spelling.

How should newborn babies be lying during sleep?

Sleeping position of newborn babies is important and parents should have some idea about it.

Babies can sleep either on their backs or on their sides.

They should not be made to sleep on their chest. This is because babies can’t hold up their neck until about the third month of their life and hence can be suffocated, which might lead to death.

Furthermore, lying on the chest and belly can increase pressure on the belly and cause vomiting of the ingested milk including risk of aspiration of the vomitus.

It’s ideal for babies to sleep in a cradle than with the adult on same bed. This is because an adult might roll over a babies body and might accidentally suffocate the baby with detrimental side effects like death.

Next is the inclination of the bed of the baby 👶.  It’s wise to keep the head side of the baby elevated by about 30 degrees. Such inclination helps the baby sleep comfortably as the milk from stomach will not come up and cause distress to the baby. While doing so it’s important that the neck of the baby is not flexed or bend anteriorly, this can also cause choking of the baby due to compression of airway.

Finally, a small folded towel beneath the shoulder blades is a good support for the baby to have a proper rest.

So, to summarize – ideal lying position of newborn babies are-
-Lying on their backs or sides
-Let baby sleep separately in a cradle
-Having head side up by about 30 degrees
-Small roll of towel beneath the shoulder blades

How long should burping of babies be done following a feed?

Many parents are concerned if their child don’t burp after gentle tapping of their baby’s back.

Babies might not always burp after feeds, however the act of burping (i.e. Gentle tapping of the baby in upright position) should continue for minimum 20-30 minutes.

It’s wise to continue burping for 20-30 minutes even if the baby burps with in 5 or 10 minutes of burping, because the upright position of the babies after feed are important.

What is the technique of burping of babies after feeding?

Post breast feed care of babies is a very important thing.

After feeding the baby either from breast or from bottle or from any other device baby should be burped properly.

Your health care provider will teach you proper burping techniques.

Commonly burping is done by keeping the baby upright on the shoulder of the mother and gentle tapping of the back of the baby 👶. 

Sometimes the job might be tiring for the mother, causing pain or distress of the lower back. In such scenario, the mother may first choose a sitting accommodation which provides good back support like a firm straight-back type chair or using the wall as back support if sitting on bed (one can keep a pillow between ones back and wall ).

If the mother is exhausted other members of the family can take the role, like the husband.