A baby takes 9 months to grow big enough to be born. Before the baby comes, ask your parents any questions that you have. Where will the baby sleep? Who will take care of you while everyone is at the hospital? Some hospitals offer classes for kids who are about to be big sisters or big brothers. These classes help kids learn about babies so they know what to expect. You also can learn about babies by getting books out of the library. But the best way is to spend time with a real, live baby. Maybe your mom or dad can arrange for you to visit a friend who has a young baby. Then you’ll get to see how a baby looks, smells, and sounds!
So what can you do at home with the baby? Early on, you can be a wonderful help to your mom and dad. If you’re old enough, you may be able to hold or feed the baby. Your mom and dad can show you the right way to care for your brother or sister. You’ll have to learn the rules for what you’re allowed to do on your own and what you need to have another grown-up help you with. For instance, only grown-ups can give the baby a bath. But you might be able to do some important jobs, like put on the baby’s little socks!
Kids also can help in many other ways, like being a personal assistant to your mom or dad. What does a personal assistant do? You run all over the house getting the stuff your mom or dad needs for the baby. Diaper? You got it! Pacifier? You got it! Paper towel because the baby just spit up again? You got that, too!
Kids also can fold baby clothes, answer the phone, or get their dear, sweet mothers a drink from the kitchen. That is so helpful, especially if she feels busy and tired. And if the baby is cranky, you can work your magic by smiling at the baby and trying to cheer him or her up.
You could even read the baby a book. The baby won’t know what you’re talking about but will like hearing the sound of your voice. Maybe the story will help the baby drift off to sleep. When that happens, everyone can relax a little. And it might be a good time to ask your mom or dad to spend a little time together — just the two of you.
When a new baby joins the family, you’re in for some changes. But so many of them are good ones. Not only do you have this cute little bundle around the house, before you know it, but that little bundle will also sit up, crawl, walk, run, and even play hide-and-seek with you. In other words, this baby just might grow up to be a lifetime pal!
Que. A newborn baby with myelomeningocele is scheduled for surgical closure within 24 hours. The main reason for surgical repair is to do which of the following?
A). Correct the neurological deficit
B). Decrease the risk of developing seizures
C). Minimize infection and prevent further damage to the spinal cord and roots
D). Prevent hydrocephalus.