Thursday, October 25, 2012

Personal child health record - Rhesus negative and positive

Personal child health record (PCHR): You will be given a PCHR for your baby within a few days of their birth. This book records important notes about your child. Take it with you whenever you see anyone about your child’s health or development. This is your record, so do add notes yourself. This could be a note of when your child does something for the first time or advice given to you by a healthcare professional.
Rhesus negative mother and rhesus positive baby   
If your blood group is rhesus negative and your baby’s father’s is rhesus positive, blood samples will be taken after the delivery to see whether your baby is rhesus positive. You may need an injection to protect your next baby from anemia.
This should be given within 72 hours of delivery.
Helpful tips
Postnatal exercises will help to tone up the muscles of your pelvic floor and abdomen. They will also get you moving and feeling generally fitter. You may be able to attend a postnatal exercise class at your hospital. Ask your midwife or physiotherapist to help you manage this.
Newborn first examination
When your baby is born, they will have a quick physical examination to check that there are no major problems that need urgent treatment. Within 72 hours of birth, another more detailed examination will be carried out.
Your baby will also have some other routine health checks and care.
When baby umbilical cord falls off   
Shortly after birth, the midwife will clamp the umbilical cord close to your baby’s navel with a plastic clip. They then cut the cord, leaving a small bit of cord with the clamp attached. The cord will take about a week to dry out and drop off. Keep the navel clean and dry until this happens. If you notice any bleeding or discharge from the navel, tell your midwife, health visitor or doctor.

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