Guarding Against Accidental Baby Switching in Nurseries
Identification is the reason for taking the baby's footprint at birth. This hasn't always prevented a baby from going home with someone else's mother, but it has been very effective in ensuring that switching accidents are rare. Additionally, nurses attach a name bracelet and write the baby's family name on a card, which they then place on the basinet. These are all the precautions that the hospital personnel can take to identify your infant. Baby switching occurs mostly during the first few hours, before the mother has a chance to get to know her child very well. There are a few things you can do so you'll be able to tell that you have the right child:
* Inspect your child for birthmarks and/or any other identifying features like dimples, etc. . Get to know your baby's smile, cry, and scent. . Check the name bracelet.
* Get a copy of your child's footprint and keep it with you. . If you have even the slightest doubt, insist on a footprint match.