Before I talk about signs of healthy new born baby, I would like to explain why it is important for a mother to know this before she consults with doctors. (If baby born in hospital then you do not need to worry much because doctors and staff nurses will do the job. They are professionals but if the baby born at home then you can get some basic information from this article).
It is therefore highly important that a mother should possess such information as will enable her to detect disease at its first appearance and thus insure for her child timely medical assistance. This knowledge it will not be difficult for her to obtain. She has only to bear in mind what are the indications which constitute health, and she will at once see that all deviations from it must denote the presence of disorder, if not of actual disease. With these changes she must to a certain extent make herself acquainted.
The first signs of disease coming on are not always visible to an un-practiced eye. It may have made dangerous advances before the mother’s mind is awakened to its presence and medical aid may be solicited when remedies and advice are no longer of any avail.
The signs of health are to be found, first, in the healthy performance of the various functions of the body i.e. the regular demands made for its supply (neither in excess or deficiency) and a similar regularity in its excretions both in quantity and appearance.
If the figure of the healthy infant is observed, something may be learnt from this. There will be perceived such an universal roundness in all parts of the child’s body that there is no such thing as an angle to be found in the whole figure whether the limbs are bent or straight, every line forms a portion of a circle. The limbs will feel firm and solid, and unless they are bent, the joints cannot be discovered.
The tongue, even in health, is always white but it will be free from sores, the skin cool, the eye bright, the complexion clear, the head cool and the abdomen not projecting too far. The breathing should be regular and without effort.
When awake, the infant will be cheerful, sprightly and loving to be played with. He / She will often break out into its merry, happy laugh.
Whilst, on the other hand, when asleep, it will appear calm, every feature composed, its countenance displaying an expression of happiness and frequently, perhaps, lit up with a smile.
I hope the above information will help you to know about your healthy new born baby. Please read our articles about The Countenance, The Stools, The Sleep and The Breathing and Cough.
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