When can you do to provide the best care for your baby?
A Minot neo-natologist says there are two basic things: Breast feed, and don't smoke. Carla Burbidge has this week's Eye on Health.
Over and over again, neonatologist Dr. Linda Zak at Trinity Health, gives this message to new parents.
Dr. Linda Zak, Trinity Neonatology
Smoking decreases the oxygen in the body, it prevents healing and growing"
If you think going outside of the house to smoke is okay, she says think again.
Dr. Zak, people smoke outside the house and then pick up the baby, the smoke lingers, a babes lungs develop for months, stop smoking before you get pregnant"
Another item that is of great importance to the health of a new baby, breast milk. She says breast milk is packed with nutrients that your baby needs right now, it is also full of disease fighting substances that will be beneficial down the road. She says new parents ask her all the time, what can I do for my baby. She says the basics: breast feeding, and keeping them away from cigarette smoke, will do the most to ensure your baby will be healthy. ForEye on Health, I'm Carla Burbidge