The mommy blues

Baby af­fect most moth­ers and pass quickly; post­na­tal de­pres­sion is more se­ri­ous and re­quires in­ter­ven­tion. Here’s how to dis­tin­guish be­tween the two, and get help if you need it

Your Baby & Toddler - - [Newborn Guide] - By Meg Faure, Oc­cu­pa­tional ther­a­pist and co-au­thor OF the Sense se­ries OF BOOKS

There is a book on post­na­tal de­pres­sion (PND) called

If you do have PND, there are a va­ri­ety of op­tions for treat­ment:

Your GP or gy­nae would be a good place to start. They may pre­scribe med­i­ca­tion or re­fer you to some­one to pre­scribe med­i­ca­tion or coun­sel you. And don’t worry, there are an­tide­pres­sants that can be used while breast­feed­ing.

Sup­port groups are a won­der­ful way to man­age PND, as not only do you have the op­por­tu­nity to talk through your feel­ings and fears but in ad­di­tion you will find sup­port sim­ply know­ing you are not alone.

Pri­vate coun­selling is also a great op­tion, al­low­ing you to ex­plore rea­sons for your feel­ings and heal by talk­ing it through with a pro­fes­sional.

There are also over the counter nat­u­ral med­i­ca­tions that do make a dif­fer­ence, es­pe­cially if you have baby blues. If your symptoms are more se­vere it is prefer­able to use stronger, re­li­able med­i­ca­tion that will be pre­scribed by your doc­tor.

Ques­tion

How will I know if my new­born baby is re­ally sick and needs to go to the doc­tor? NURS­ING SIS­TER BURGIE IRE­LAND AN­SWERS: Your baby can tell you with body lan­guage when all is not well. A whim­per rather than a lusty cry is your first alert. Sleep­ing for too long comes next. Your baby’s colour will also sound alarm bells: if your baby is cold and pale, red, flushed and hot or looks yel­low, some­thing’s up. A very floppy baby or a stiff, rigid baby is also not nor­mal. The fontanelle, or soft spot on the top of your baby’s head, should not bulge or look “dented”. Fi­nally, a baby who does not want to feed or vom­its af­ter ev­ery feed should be seen by a doc­tor.

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