Infant Care

baby bathing


To educate expectant parents on normal appearances, procedures, and care of their newborn.

Class participants will:

  • be able to discuss healthy newborn appearances, procedures, and reflexes
  • demonstrate bathing, proper positions for holding, burping, diaper changing, core care, and swaddling
  • identify ways of providing a safe environment for the infant.

A slideshow of normal appearances of newborns will consist of:

  • stock bites
  • bruising from vacuum extractor
  • Lanugos- Fine soft hair
  • dry cracking & pealing of skin
  • sucking blisters
  • appearance of crossed eyes
  • function of oil and sweat glands and pores
  • newborn rash
  • cradle cap
  • expects of mom’s hormones on baby
  • enlarged breast tissue and witches milk
  • Cephilhematoma
  • rounded shaped head vs. molding of the head
  • vernex- waxy coating on the baby’s skin
  • puff face
  • immature circulation


  • APGAR Scoring
  • Activity (Muscle Tone), Pulse, Grimace (Reflex Irritability), Appearance (Skin Color), Respiration
  • Each will be scored between 0-2 to determine the intensity of the signs observed
  • Newborn Procedures: pictures and descriptions
  • suctioning
  • heat regulation senor identification band
  • foot printing
  • pediatric check
  • Vitamin K injection
  • eye medication
  • weighing
  • measuring length
  • measuring head circumference
  • temperature
  • cord stump painted with triple dye
  • cord stump after clamp is removed
  • visual check for Jaundice
  • heel stick check for Jaundice
  • Bilirubin Lights
  • Uncircumcised Penis
  • Plastibell Circumcision
  • Gomco Circumcision
  • Newborn Behavior and Reflexes: pictures and descriptions
  • Rooting reflex
  • Moro reflex
  • Ignore Stimulii
  • Grasp reflex
  • tonic neck reflex
  • lift and turn head
  • babinski toe reflex
  • plantar toe reflex
  • walking reflex