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Knowing your baby is well - podcast

3-minute read

Listen to Dianne Zalitis, midwife and Clinical Lead at Pregnancy, Birth and Baby, talk to Feed Play Love with Shevonne Hunt about signs your baby is well.

Key points

  • Knowing the signs that your baby is well will give you piece of mind.
  • Wet and dirty nappies are always a good sign your baby is doing well.
  • Most babies will have around 6 to 8 wet nappies a day.
  • Dirty nappies for breastfed babies varies from after every feed to once a week.
  • Formula fed babies usually have a dirty nappy everyday.
  • Your baby's temperature can be from 36.5 to 38 - anything over 38 is a fever.
  • Speak to your chemist about the best thermometer to use - tape thermometers or using your hand are not accurate ways to take a baby's temperature.
  • If your baby's temperature is over 38 you can call Pregnancy, Birth and Baby on 1800 882 436 or healthdirect on 1800 022 222 at any time to speak to a registered nurse (known as NURSE-ON-CALL in Victoria).
  • If you baby is doing what they usually do — playing, and feeding, sleeping and nappies as usual — it's a good sign they are well.
  • The fontanelle on the top of your baby's head should be firm to the touch — if it is sunken, or bulgling/swollen, it's a sign of illness.
  • Rashes are common with babies, but any rash that is red/purple and doesn't fade when you press on it could be a sign of meningitis and requires immediate medical attention.
  • Babies usually feed 6 to 8 times a day. Their routine will change over time.

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Feed Play Love

Feed Play Love with Shevonne Hunt in an Australian parenting podcast that brings together expert advice and real-life stories from parents. Feed Play Love presents short, helpful segments focusing on supporting parents and providing useful information and advice.

Visit Babyology to listen to other episodes or find on your favourite podcast app.

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Last reviewed: March 2021


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