The needs of families with newborns are unique. Here are some special things to consider:
Start with following all directions given by the civil defense during an emergency.
Before a Disaster:
» Call your physician to let them know where you will be if you need to evacuate.
» If your baby is in the neonatal intensive care unit, check with the hospital to find out their disaster plan and where your baby will be sent if the hospital is evacuated.
Things to Add to Your Preparedness Kit:
» Contact information for your health care providers.
» Several pacifiers to help soothe your baby
» Diapers (you will need about 70 a week for a newborn)
» Enough ready-to-feed formula, in single-serving size, if baby is not breastfeeding
» A blanket for your baby
» Something safe for your baby to sleep in, such as a portable crib if you have to evacuate
» Extra clothes for your baby
» It can be loud in shelters and hospitals, so you should bring anything that could help soothe you and your baby
» Hand sanitizer
» Rectal thermometer and lubricant
» Non-aspirin liquid pain reliever
Taking Care of Yourself and Your Baby:
» Drink 8 glasses (8 ounce serving) of water a day.
» Eat several times throughout the day, and try to choose foods that are high in protein and low in fat.
» Wash your hands with soap regularly or use hand sanitizer.
» Find a quiet spot that is soothing. You and your baby need to rest often and not get overheated.
» Having a newborn is a stressful time. Find someone to talk to a few times a day. The fact that you have someone to talk to can be helpful all by itself.
» If you recently gave birth, continue to follow any directions given by your health care provider.
» Many new mothers experience the "baby blues". Symptoms may include irritability, crying easily, sadness and confusion. Symptoms usually peak three to five days after delivery and end by the tenth day after the baby’s birth. If the symptoms last for longer than two weeks or worsen, you may have postpartum depression and should call a health professional. Do not be afraid to ask for help or discuss your feelings.