Who should I contact for enquiry?
If you need more information, details or further questions on membership, please email at email@example.com or call at 63476788.
In the meantime, how do I make use of the benefits?
You can use your payment receipt for verification.
Where do I get my card?
Patient Liaison Centre (located next to Alvernia Retail Pharmacy)
Opening hours : Weekdays 9am to 5pm
What is the card validity?
Membership is valid for two years from the application date. You may sign up anytime before you are admitted to Mount Alvernia Hospital.
Should I always bring my baby to a doctor at any sign of a fever?
Fever can be a concern in babies. Take your baby to a doctor if there are signs of other symptoms with fever such as:
At 5 years and above, your child is more capable of having a functioning immune system that can deal with a fever on his own.
What if it’s a false labour?
The couple can continue to monitor the following symptoms to find out if false labour is becoming real labour.
Contractions intensify with activity instead of subsiding and are not relieved by changing position
Vaginal Discharge becomes pinkish or blood-streaked instead of brownish
Signs of Labour
Cervix softens and thinsWhen labour begins, the mother’s cervix will soften and thin. This is known as effacement. Doctors will check for signs of your cervix effacing with vaginal exams – the mother won’t be able to detect this change. The mother’s cervix has to be completely thinned out before you can be ready for a vaginal delivery.
Dilation At the same time, the mother’s cervix will also begin to open (dilate) to about 3 cm.
Bloody show Mothers may also notice stringy mucus or a thick discharge that’s usually brown, and sometimes tinged with blood. This is the plug of mucus that blocks the cervical opening to prevent bacteria from entering the uterus during pregnancy, but will usually be discharged when the cervix effaces and dilates.
Water breaks The baby in the uterus is cushioned by an amniotic sac – a membrane that’s filled with fluid. When the sac leaks or breaks, it’s usually a signal that labour is about to begin. The longer the membranes are ruptured, the higher the chances of infection, so if labour doesn’t begin on its own, it’s best to get a doctor to induce labour.
Contractions True contractions that signal the start of labour will be in a regular pattern that gets stronger and more frequent. Fathers can help time the contractions to determine this. Mothers will feel the labour pains begin high, and then radiating throughout the abdomen and lower back. If it’s only concentrated in the lower abdomen, then it’s a false labour.
What should I look out for as first time parents?
Initiate skin to skin contact immediately after birth for 1 hour if both mother and baby are well. Start breastfeeding in the first hour when baby shows readiness to feed. Room-in baby with you so that you can breastfeed your baby on demand according to baby’s feeding cues. Ensure your baby is well attached to the breast to receive enough milk. Allow our baby to nurse till he is satisfied. If your baby is well fed, they should pass clear urine 6-8 times daily and pass motion 2-5 times daily. Your baby loses weight in the first week due to the excretion of meconium. He should be back to his birth weight when 7-10 days old. Thereafter, he gains weight steadily at least 200 gm per week. He should double the birth weight at 4-6 months and triple the birth weight at 1 year.
When and how should I care for my baby’s oral hygiene?
Baby’s oral hygiene can begin the first few days after birth. You can clean your baby’s gums daily with a clean muslin cloth or gauze wet with cool boiled water. Brush your baby’s teeth with a soft bristled toothbrush without the toothpaste as soon as they appear.
How can I tell the difference between spit up and vomit?
Spitting up milk is only a small amount or mouthful with wind or a burp. It is less forceful than vomiting. Vomiting is usually more forceful and with a large amount of milk.
Faintness and Dizziness
It’s common for pregnant women to be lightheaded or dizzy. These sensations usually result from circulatory changes as your blood vessels dilate and your blood pressure drops. Early in pregnancy, faint feelings may also be triggered by low blood sugar.
If you’re pregnant, you may be troubled by frequent, mild headaches. Early in pregnancy, headaches may be the result of increased blood circulation caused by hormonal changes.
The flood of hormones in your body in early pregnancy can make you unusually emotional and weepy. Swings in your mood, from bliss to deep gloom are also common, especially in the first trimester. Pregnancy can be a cheerful time, but not always, and not for every woman.
Many women feel wiped out during pregnancy, especially in the early stages. During the early weeks of pregnancy, your body is working hard, pumping out hormones and producing more blood to carry nutrients to your baby. To accommodate this increased blood flow, your heart pumps harder and faster. Plus, progesterone is a natural central nervous system depressant, so high levels of this hormone may make you sleepy. In addition, the possibility of pregnancy can bring about a range of feelings and concerns that may sap your energy and disturb sleep.
How long does early labour last?
The duration for early labour varies and depends mainly on how ripe your cervix is at the beginning of labour and how frequent and strong your contractions are. For many women, early labour isn’t particularly uncomfortable so you may choose to continue your daily activities. For fathers, help your partner relax by giving her gentle massages, or apply ice packs or heat to her lower back. You may also do things together to distract her: play card games, listen to calming music, or taking strolls in the park.
However, you can look out for the following signs which can help you to predict the beginning of your labour.
How many hours should my baby sleep in a day? Any tips to help him sleep better?
Good sleep is as important as good nutrition for the physical and mental development of your baby. A newborn sleeps 18-20 hours. Average sleep of 0-12 months baby is 14-16 hours.
If your baby does not get enough or a good sleep, he will become tried and irritable. Develop a bedtime routine for you baby, this means that you do the same things each evening to prepare him for bed. Avoid stimulating activities before bedtime, keep the bedroom quiet, comfortable, cool and dark to allow baby to develop self-soothing skills so that he can fall asleep independently. A daily massage helps him to calm down and relax so that he sleeps better.
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