WELCOME HOME, BABY!
Before it reaches home, your puppy needs a welcoming nest and an environment suitable for its first weeks of life.
How do you prepare and what needs does a newborn have once he arrives home?
First of all, you should set a comfort temperature in the house, i.e., 22-24°C, and during the bath between 25 and 26°C.
And, if we are still here, you should know that the general bath is done every evening regardless of whether the navel has fallen or not, but with the avoidance of abundant watering of the umbilical area, and in the bath water you can put chamomile or a few drops of chamomile concentrate.
The duration of the bath will initially not exceed 3-5 minutes. After finishing the bath, the newborn is wiped by gently dabbing with the towel, and then a thin layer of protective ointment is applied to the inguinal envelopes, perineum and buttocks.
The umbilical stump will be swabbed with a sterile compress moistened with sanitary alcohol, then a dry sterile compress will be applied locally two or three times a day until the stump is detached, and the umbilical wound left after detachment is cleaned as many times as the umbilical area is soiled.
Then, after finishing the bath, you will clean the nose, eyes and ears.
The ear lobes and the external auditory canal are wiped with elongated and twisted tampons, and the eyes are wiped from the external angle to the internal one with a sterile tampon moistened with physiological serum, for each eye using a different compress. The nose toilet is done by instillation of physiological serum – drops or nasal spray and then wiped with nose sticks. Frequent nose blowing is avoided. Nails will be trimmed daily, if necessary.
After the bath, it is mandatory to absorb the water that accidentally got into the ear, because otherwise, it can promote congestive otitis.
It is also important to weigh the child before each bath, so that you have minimal control over his weight gain. The daily average is between 30 – 100 grams per day.
But not all children grow at the same rate, and this does not mean that they are not healthy children, they just have a specific growth rate. However, if the difference is 15% less than these average standards, then the child is undernourished, and if it exceeds 20%, then he is overweight.