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Newborn Health Surprises: What you should know about your newborn

Safe Sleeping Is Important

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or cot death is the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of a baby in the first year, usually during sleep, with unknown cause. SIDS most commonly affects babies in the first 6 months with peak at 2 to 3 months of age. To keep your baby safe, Family Health Service of Department of Health recommends you:1

  • Always place your baby on the back to sleep
  • Maintain a smoke-free environment
  • Make sure your baby's face is not being covered during sleep
  • Ensure safe sleeping environment
  • Get your baby fully immunised
  • Breastfeed baby where possible

 

There Are Six Must-Have Vaccination Points

When you have a baby to take care of, there are many doctors’ visits, health checks and vaccinations. In fact, there are six check-points (birth, one month, two months, four months, six months and 12 months) for vaccinations within the first year. Many vaccines will protect your baby for years to come, so will play an important role throughout their lifetime.2

Immunisation is an effective way to protect your baby from vaccine preventable viruses, disease or bacteria. Your General Practitioner or Paediatrician is the best source of information to discuss your baby’s immunisation options. Other good resources include the Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme.2

 

They Hear You, But Can’t See You

Newborns can hear but have immature eye muscles. They can see (at close range), but they can't organize the visual images into meaningful shapes. Watch out for the following milestones:3

  • In the first two months, they are able to explore surroundings with her eyes
  • Move her head and turn her eyes from side to side to follow moving objects
  • Recognize and visually follow familiar people at distance
  • Over the first three months, they begin to see other things in their world.

 

Reference:

  1. Family Health Service. Protect Baby from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (FHS-CH15A). Mar 2018.
  2. Family Health Service. Hong Kong Childhood Immunisation Programme (FHS-IM1A). Apr 2019.
  3. Family Health Service. Child Development 3 – One to Three Months (FHS-C3A). Mar 2018.

 

SPHK.HEXAX.19.05.0072 / MAY 2019