February 6, 2010

Rookie Season

Filed under: Adoption, Newborn, NICU, Parentood — adoptation @ 3:22 pm

On the whole, my wife and I seem to be handling the mechanics of caring for a newborn fairly well. The coaching we got in the NICU in regards to diaper changing, bottle feeding, temperature taking, spitup clearing, infant swaddling, etc., appear to have done the trick, and our son doesn’t seem to be any worse off for having a pair of rank amateurs in charge of his well-being.

That said, we’ve made our first official rookie mistake. Because our baby is a preemie, keeping his temperature up is even more important than usual. He’s to be in at least one (often two) layers of clothes, and swaddled in one (sometime two) blankets, plus a hat and 70-something room temps. Not hard to remember, even easier to do.

But yesterday we noticed that he was sweating. A bunch. His clothes were sweaty, and the first layer of swaddling blanket. But his temperature was steady, and he wasn’t behaving any differently. We put on a different set of clothes; no change. We gave him new blankets; no change. We gave him a sponge bath; no change. We looked at him and pleaded with him to tell us what was up; no dice.

Then my wife started looking at the labels of his clothes and blankets. His rookie parents, it seems, had him wearing a polyester onesie and were using a polyester blanket as the second swaddling layer. Which means he was wrapped in three layers, with the outer- and innermost ones made of a less-than-breathable material…it’s a wonder he wasn’t swimming in sweat!

Feeling kind of stupid and very sorry, we put him into all cottons, wrapped him accordingly…and the sweating magically (ahem) disappeared.

It was our first mistake—no doubt the first of many, many errors—and I’m just glad it was such a low-impact and easily reversible one. Whoops!



  1. My first born daughter had a heat rash and we took her to the Dr. for it!! duh
    They said to take her extra sweaters off in the summer!!

    Welcome to parenthood;~))

    Comment by chowchow22 — February 6, 2010 @ 3:25 pm

    • Yeah, at least we only made this mistake in front of each other. I’m sure we have a more public goof-up in our near future!

      Comment by adoptation — February 6, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

  2. We did the same thing, we brought a baby bumper to put in his portable bed and it blocked his body heat and he got all sweaty. Or was it pee? We finally figured out it was sweat. I had no idea babies sweat.

    Comment by deathstar44 — February 12, 2010 @ 12:36 am

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