How to Hold a Baby

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This is a initial installment in a Postpartum Pain Clinic, a multi-part array on doing a aches and heedfulness that come along with caring for newborns and infants.

New parenthood mostly comes with a certain volume of pain. Some of it is unavoidable—recovering from smoothness and breastfeeding injuries takes time. But even if we didn’t broach a baby and you’re not breastfeeding, there is still most pain to be had! My possess father suffered from vital wrist and behind pain after a initial son arrived—niceties like “alignment” and “bending from a knees” tend to get lost in that new-parent haze of war. But over time, awkwardly holding a baby can lead to vital issues in a neck, back, and wrists.


A flattering standard new-parent problem is De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis, or pain and inflammation on a ride side of your wrist. My possess alloy described this to me as “housewife’s thumb,” a tenure that that comes from a millions of repetitive, non-ergonomic tasks that caregivers do all day long.

I spoke to Stephanie Leaf, a earthy therapist specializing in postpartum issues and a executive of New Leaf Physical Therapy, for her best recommendation on avoiding and treating a pain caused by caring for a newborn.


When you’re holding or rocking a baby, don’t hang your hands and fingers around a baby while tortuous your wrist during an strident angle, that compresses a nerves in your ride and wrist. Repeated vigour in that area can lead to carpal hovel syndrome. And don’t protrusion your hip out to one side, that throws your hip, behind and neck out of alignment, says Leaf.


What Leaf says we should do: Stand with your hips even and your pelvis in line with your body. Keep your hands open and prosaic to support a baby, though use a strength from whole body—don’t only purchase your hands and wrists around a baby and purchase a baby to you.

Rachel Foley, a pediatric occupational therapist essay for CanDoKiddo, suggests thinking of your hands as a bulldozer rather than a forklift—don’t proceed a baby with your thumbs during a 90-degree angle from your hands and lift her with your hands and thumbs on possibly side of her armpits; instead keep your hands and thumbs prosaic and scoop her from underneath a tush and back.


Another not-so-great thing about early parenthood: Our phones, that can be a salvation for support and companionship, are operated especially by a thumbs. So recurrent scrolling can intensify wrist and ride problems. For a good widen of time when we had a newborn, we attempted to extent my use of a phone, switching to my desktop as most as we could, and regulating my fingers instead of my ride to scroll.

Now, as always when we’re articulate about health issues, if it’s bad, speak to your doctor. She competence suggest ice, splints, anti-inflammatories, cortisone shots, or, worst-case, surgery. And, of course, rest—like that’s probable if we have an infant.

Have other new-baby associated pain? Stay tuned for a other posts on doing a baby ergonomically.

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