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Care of Infants: Family Teaching

  1. Perform hand hygiene.
  2. Verify the infant's identity using two patient identifiers, then match these to the mother's or support person's patient identifiers in accordance with institutional policy.
  3. Educate the family on normal infant anatomy.
  4. Instruct the family in normal infant breathing.
  5. Instruct the family in use of the bulb syringe.
  6. Instruct the family in how to regulate the infant's body temperature.
  7. Instruct the family in the use of the thermometer.
  8. Instruct the family in how to bathe the infant.
  9. Instruct the family in cord care.
  10. Instruct the family in circumcision care, if such information is applicable.
  11. Instruct the family in diapering.
  12. Instruct the family in the feeding of the infant.
  13. Educate the family on normal urine and stool output for an infant.
  14. Instruct the family in infant nail care.
  15. Instruct the family in the proper positioning of the infant for sleep.
  16. Instruct the family in infant safety.
  17. Educate the family on immunizations and offer a schedule of immunizations, including the immunizations the infant has already been given.
  18. Instruct the family in infant socialization and stimulation. It is important to provide necessary stimulation by exposing infants to the family, quiet music, and bright colors during their waking hour. Infants enjoy being talked to and watching the human face.
  19. Instruct the family in infant car seat safety.
  20. Perform hand hygiene.
  21. Document the procedure in the patient's record.
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