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First 10 Minutes of Life

First 10 Minutes of Life

When you finally give birth to your nine month miracle, the paediatrician and or midwife will conduct an Apgar test immediately to establish that your baby is functioning normally. There are five things that they will check for: Activity, Pulse, Grimace, Appearance and Respiration (Apgar) and the same procedure will be repeated five minutes later. During that time they will also check that your baby’s features and body proportions are normal. The baby will be turned over and the spine will be checked for any sign of Spina Bifida. Fingers, toes, legs and anus will be examined and they will record the weight and length of your baby. Once the baby has been given the all clear by the caregiver your baby will be placed on your chest and you will be encouraged to try and breastfeed immediately and, usually left alone in the delivery room to give you and your partner time to bond with your little cherub.


Some tips:


Newborn Girl

Newborn Boy

Little girls hearing is very acute, therefore they can be calmed with soothing words and sounds more easily than boys.

Boys are more difficult to calm down because their hearing is less acute than little girls.

Little girls tend to cry for a longer period than baby boys if they hear another baby crying.

Baby boys will join in when hearing another baby cry but will stop quite quickly.

Little girls will use their own voice to get their parents’ attention sooner and more often than boys.

Baby boys do not make sounds in answer to their parents’ voice early on, but this hearing response lasts throughout life.

Little girls can locate the source of a sound without difficulty.

Baby boys have difficulty in locating the source of sounds.

Little girls respond enthusiastically to visual stimulation from birth.

Baby boys require more visual stimulation than girls.  They quickly lose interest in a picture, and lag behind girls in visual maturity up to the age of 7 months.

Little girls are interested in the unusual.

Baby boys are interested in the difference between things.

Girls prefer the human face to almost anything else.  Later in life this trait shows as intuitive reading of facialexpression, regardless of cultural differences.

Boys are more active, and are as interested in things as in people.

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