5 Top Guidelines for Premature Baby Care
Giving birth to a baby is a highly emotional experience, however if the baby is born before time it ushers in worries related to the future and health of the baby. The uncertainty feelings associated with the baby’s growth, whether you remain prepared or not, remain the same. It is not an uncommon problem as 0.5 million and above babies in the US alone are born before the pregnancy reaches its 37th week. The guidelines provided below will help you to take care of your premature baby, reducing your level of concern.
Breast milk will be required for your child soon after birth. Prior to the baby learns to drink milk on his own, the nurse will probably run some colostrums drops on his tongue and gums to benefit from the immune-boosting potential of the breast milk. The baby will require only a small amount of milk because of the tiny size of the stomach. According to medical professionals initially an ounce of the breast milk will suffice for two days. In case you pump milk on a regular basis the supply of milk should be able to feed the growing baby. And while feeding your premature baby you should remember that he will take more time to fill his stomach in comparison to other babies which is why you should remain patient in all the sessions.
Breast feeding is extremely important for premature babies as it has been found that breast milk fed babies have reduced chances of hospital readmissions after they have been discharged from a ‘neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)’. These premature babies also improve their cognitive development on a faster rate than those premature babies who are formula-fed.
Keep The Air Clean:
It has been found through several studies that ‘second hand smoke’ exposure can cause complicated health problems for a premature baby which includes decreased ‘lung function and growth’ and increase in respiratory infection risk. Do not allow smokers to enter your home despite their assurance to not smoke while at your home. Moreover, keep your child away from places that are cigarette-prone or friendly.
Avoid Loud Noise and Light:
Extra bright light or loud noise tends to irritate premature babies, making them upset especially if they had been exposed to continuous commotion inside the NICU. Keep your premature baby in a dimly lit area as much as possible mostly if he is crying or fussing or tends to be ‘over stimulated’.
Do not compare your child’s growth with that of your friend’s baby. It is okay if he fails to start sitting the same time other’s babies do. You must remember that you have a premature baby and he came before time. Make adjustments with the time factor like understanding what would his growth be like at the age of 2 if he was born at the right time. In case your baby was born two months earlier than his scheduled birth, he will be labelled as a ‘newborn’ when he is 8 months old. This time adjustment with age needs to be made even is small decisions like the right time to start feeding finger or solid foods.
Work on The Belly Sessions:
As a premature baby has had most of his time spent lying on the back when in the NICU he will need a lot of belly sessions when at home. These sessions are helpful in reviving his strength in the abs, neck, shoulder and back muscles that will further help him to crawl, bringing down the chances of developing a ‘flat-head’ syndrome. Allowing your baby to rest on ‘your chest’ (while awake) will not only help in his physical growth but will also making your bonding with him stronger.
It is true that looking after a premature baby, is quite a hectic and demanding task in comparison to taking care of a normal, healthy baby. However, despite his frequent need for feedings and weight checks, try to enjoy the time you spend with him. It is okay to carry him and start talking to your baby like a normal baby.
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