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- Feb 09 2017
A premature baby – everything you need to know
No mother wishes to deliver her baby too soon. However, each year, millions of babies are born before the 37th week of pregnancy making them prematurely born. Due to various reasons, this happens and such babies are admitted in the intensive care unit on being born. The causes for this could be almost anything from diabetes during pregnancy, placental disorders to a genetic defect.
In most cases, the underlying cause for a premature delivery is not known and hence, cannot be prevented. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind about your premature baby:
- Breastfeeding Your Preemie
Try to give your child breast milk. Premature infants grow at a really fast rate and their nutrient needscan be met aptly by breast milk. You will start lactating a few hours after your baby is born. Make sure, your baby is fed breast milk as it has antibodies that develop the baby’s immunity. Although, your baby won’t be able to latch onto your breast, the milk can be fed via a test tube.
- Kangaroo care
As soon as your baby is stable hold your baby against your skin. Skin to skin contact can help relieve your baby of stress, comfort the baby and instill warmth, help him gain weight and sleep deeply. For you, on the other hand, this is a perfect opportunity to bond with your newborn.
- Sleeping Right
A preterm baby is placed on his or her back to help the developing lungs in the hospital. In your care, however, the baby needs to sleep on their back and they need to be woken up every couple of hours and be fed. Premature babies have fewer reserves as compared to a full term baby and need to be constantly fed. Sleep apnea or not being able to breathe for a few seconds while asleep can occur and if this is brought to your notice; the baby should be taken to the doctor right away.
- Taking your baby Home
Your baby can be taken home after their 37 or 38 weeks have been completed. They are still extremely susceptible to infections and should be kept in a hygienic environment and out of the hands of sick. Do not forget to take your baby to routine check ups. Anyone who is around the baby should use an alcohol based sanitizer to keep extra safe. Besides, you can always avail post-natal mother and baby care from Portea.
Having a premature baby can be hard but it is important to remember that it isn’t your fault. Your baby may demand a little more of your time and attention but your baby is such a big miracle in such a little being. Your baby is beautiful and with a little extra care, your baby will be just fine.
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