Mon. Sep 26th, 2022
WE all know the saying, ‘little girls are made from sugar and spice and all that’s nice’.

Going off that alone, you might think bringing a baby girl into the world would be a breeze.


One first aider has revealed her top tips for what to expect when you’re welcoming a baby girl into the world[/caption]


CEO Nikki Jurcutz said there are five things you should know when it comes to caring for your baby[/caption]

But one first aid expert has shared what she wishes she had known before she had a little girl.

Posting to Tiny Hearts Education on TikTok, CEO Nikki Jurcutz said there are five things you should know when it comes to caring for your baby’s vulva.

1. How to wipe

“Always wipe from front to back, never ever back to front.”

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2. Clean

Her second tip, she said, is to clean between their folds.

She explained: “If your little one does a poo, make sure you clean them really really well, as this will prevent them getting an infection.

3. It’s normal

The next one she said, even shocked her and highlighted that in the first few weeks of your little one’s life, it’s normal for them to be a little swollen down there.

“It’s normal for your little girl’s labia to be swollen post birth for the first few days,” she added.

4. Periods

Nikki said that if you notice a little bit of blood in your newborn’s nappy it is completely normal.

“It’s from their hormones and everything else that’s going on – so don’t stress.”

While it might seem shocking to some people that a baby can have a ‘period’, one expert said this is completely normal.

Dr Sharryn Gardner, a paediatrician and clinical adviser for child health app Juno said the process is called ‘false menses’.

She explained: “When baby girls are born, it’s completely normal that some will experience minor vaginal bleeding.

“It can start any time from 2-10 days after birth. This process is called false menses and it’s caused by a sudden drop in a hormone called estrogen, which is present in mum during pregnancy and crosses the placenta.

“If this happens to your baby, there’s nothing to worry about, but it can be shocking for new parents as it doesn’t happen all that often and is not widely spoken about.”

If you have this experience with your new born then Dr Sharryn said there are things you can do to help.

She said that you should tell your GP or paediatrician just to be on the safe side, although she says usually there is nothing to worry about and that the bleeding will stop after two to three days.

In the meantime she said you can clean your baby’s genitals with warm water when needed.

5. Be gentle

Lastly, Nikki said you need to make sure you do not over wash this area as it’s incredibly sensitive.

She added: “If they have any pain when urinating or it’s red or inflamed then make sure you see your GP.”

The guru previously also revealed her top tips on what you need to know if you’re having a little boy for the first time.

She explained that their foreskin doesn’t retract and that this will happen on its own over time.

Nikki also highlighted that you should always point their penis down when changing their nappy – in order to avoid being urinated on.

If they are in pain, she said, you should check for testicular torsion and hair tourniquet.

“If your boy is in pain and you have no idea what’s going on make sure you take their nappy off and have a look at their testicles.

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“If you see any swelling this could be a sign of testicular torsion and it is an emergency and you need to seek immediate review from a doctor.”

If you’re ever in doubt when it comes to the health of your child, call your GP, 111 or in an emergency always call 999.

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