The term “well being” can mean a lot of things. Emotional, spiritual, and physical well being of a child are all important. When it comes to the well being of an infant there are three primary things that professionals look for when assessing a baby’s well being.
What Well Being Encompases
- Well Slept: A baby who sleeps well and can be soothed is important. Sleep plays a huge role in assessing the well being of not just a baby, but children and adults too. It’s an important part of everyone’s overall health. When it comes to baby’s this can feel complicated because their sleep schedule is not consolidated yet. What matters most is that they get the appropriate amount of sleep for the appropriate age. Sleep can feel like a moving target in the midst of the baby phase, but it does get better.
- Well Fed: Having access to food is important for everyone including babies. Babies who are being breastfed, formula fed, or a combination of both need to be sure they are eating until they are content. Babies are able to signal when they are done eating. Be on the lookout for babies who spit up a concerning amount of their milk (formula or breast milk). If something feels off contact your pediatrician
- Well Cared For: Babies need to feel loved which all parents want to give to their child. Being well cared for involves intentional choices parents make to keep their baby safe. Things like a safe sleep space, a properly installed car seat, and a baby-proofed home all impact the safety of a child and make sure they are well cared for.
These are the first things that pediatricians and experts look for when assessing the overall well being of a baby. Knowing that these factors are being cared for are critical. However, there are other things that need to be evaluated when assessing the well being of a child that make things complicated.
Complications With “Well Being”
One of the hardest parts of parenting is learning to manage the difficult things you cannot control. For many parents, there are some complicating factors to caring for a baby’s well being.
- Premature Birth: Babies who are born premature have a whole series of additional complications that make caring for them challenging. Each premature baby has their own unique set of needs that should be discussed with a pediatrician before being discharged from the hospital. Once home, parents of prematurely born babies need to be able to monitor their child’s vitals because they are especially at risk. Investing in an infant sleep monitor, such as LoveyQ can help parents of preemies continue to give them additional care they need at home.
- Immunocompromised: When we use the term “immunocompromised” with infants we are referring to a large range of complications impacting their immune system. Having an immunocompromised baby will mean that they need additional care and additional monitoring. Investing in a LoveyQ monitor will allow the parents of immunocompromised children to get a complete picture of their health by tracking their vitals and sleep habits.
How To Continue Caring When It’s Complicated
Caring for a child with health complications is stressful and it can be difficult to keep track of everything to get a complete picture of their overall well being. This is where tracking and monitoring a baby’s vitals becomes absolutely critical and getting a wearable monitor such as the LoveyQ for your baby becomes more of a necessity than a tool.
- Get The Whole Picture: Having a LoveyQ monitor will track your baby’s sleep patterns, temperature, heart rate, breathing rate, activity, and more. It will track trends for parents allowing them to get a comprehensive look at the well being of their child. This is a game changer for parents needing to ease their anxiety over caring for their new baby.
- SIDS Can Be Prevented: Having a LoveyQ wearable monitor will help to prevent SIDS especially in children who are considered to be high risk. The monitor will alert parents when there is a problem or if the baby is in distress allowing the parent to intervene.
- Ask For Help: Parents caring for children with complications should ask for help. No one should raise a child alone, having a support system is critical. While a LoveyQ monitor can help parents in a big way, having a reliable support system matters. Reach out to friends and family to help both you and your partner care for your child.
Understanding the well being of a child involves monitoring and tracking their basic functions that are often overlooked. The LoveyQ wearable monitor can help parents do precisely that by measuring temperature, sleep patterns, heart rate, and more. Truly the LoveyQ is a game changer in the way of shaping how we look at the complete picture of a child’s well being.
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