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Chapter: Obstetric and Gynecological Nursing : The Normal Puerperium

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Postnatal care (Daily care)

Care of the mother : After the birth of the baby & expulsion of the placenta

Postnatal care (Daily care)

 

Care of the mother

 

After the birth of the baby & expulsion of the placenta

 

i.                     Clean perineum & apply sterile pad

 

ii.                     Make her comfortable

 

iii.                     Give her a cup of tea and something light to eat (immediate)


iv.                     Allow her to rest

 

v.                     Record vital sign 

a.              4 times daily for the 1st & 2nd day 

b.              then twice daily 

c.               if elevated as doctor ordered

 

vi.                     Check for any bleeding

 

 

Care for the baby

 

·                 Check frequently for bleeding. Give baby bath at birth and daily

·                 Change napkin whenever wet or soiled have mother do it.

·                 Take temperature twice daily or & hourly if necessary

·                 If the baby’s condition is good mother should be allowed to feed, as often as she wishes to do so.

·                 Test breast feeding and body activity of the child.

·                 Bring up baby’s wind often feeds.

·                 Check cord for bleeding and signs of infection,

 

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