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Premature babies are tiny, delicate and require extra care from people around them because they came a little earlier than normal. Parents of preterm babies remain find it difficult to ensure absolute safety and perfect health of their little ones. It is not impossible, you too can do it with just some tips and tricks. […]

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Premature babies are tiny, delicate and require extra care from people around them because they came a little earlier than normal. Parents of preterm babies remain find it difficult to ensure absolute safety and perfect health of their little ones. It is not impossible, you too can do it with just some tips and tricks. Here is all you need to know about how to nourish and bring up your premature baby.

Premature Baby Care

Babies who are born before the 37th gestation week are called preemies or premature.

How To Care For A Premature Baby

Yes there is some risk involved, but rest assured, you as a mother have an instinct about your baby and you can give them the best care they need. The one most important thing you need to do is have faith in your love. Your baby will, within a short span of time, become just like any other baby. They are small and weak now, but with care, they will grow just perfectly.

NICU

If the doctor says your little one needs neonatal intensive care unit, then please don’t rush them into releasing the baby.

How To Care For A Premature Baby

Your little one may not have fully functioning internal organs and the doctor is the only person who can deal with this at the hospital. Once the doctor marks your baby safe, then you can bring your bundle of joy home.

Kangaroo Care

There have been quite a few studies that show kangaroo care helps in helping the baby heal and develop quickly and effectively.

How To Care For A Premature Baby

What you need to do is lay down the baby on your bare tummy. Make sure the baby is also bare chested. As per research the warmth from a mother warms up the baby too and lets them feel secure and safe.

Feeding

Breastfeed is ideal for babies.

How To Care For A Premature Baby

Your milk contains agents that make sure your baby is properly nourished and remains safe from dozens of diseases. Your premature baby will have some problem latching on. Be sure to ask the nursing staff at the hospital to help you with this. Keep in mind that this may take some practice but your little fighter will soon learn. The more they suck, the more milk your body will produce.

If they are unable to suck, doctors recommend expressing milk and giving through either a spoon or small baby bottle.

Keep them Warm and Clean

Preemies are at the risk of infections more than normal term babies.

How To Care For A Premature Baby

This means you have to be extra careful with their diaper changing and bathing. Also do not allow anyone with unclean hands to pick up the baby. Once the baby has been bathed, they need to be swaddled and kept warm. Your preemie still remembers the days from the womb and prefers warm environment.

Exude Positivity and Express It

This is a must because babies are very perceptive to their mother’s moods.

How To Care For A Premature Baby

Don’t think that your baby will not pick up on you stress and anxiety. So relax and cuddle your baby. Play with them and caress them. They love it when they hear your voice and feel your touch.

Your premature baby will soon be just like any other baby. Only the first three months are a tad bit tough. Good luck!

Read More: Causes Of Premature Birth Every Mother Should Know

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‘Kangaroo care’ can help premature babies: Study https://htv.com.pk/news/kangaroo-care-can-help-premature-babies-study Mon, 28 Dec 2015 13:17:57 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=14226

Skin-to-skin contact between mothers and premature babies could help to increase babies’ chances of survival,

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Skin-to-skin contact between mothers and premature babies could help to increase babies’ chances of survival, according to a new analysis by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Together the teams looked at studies which had researched the effect of ‘kangaroo mother care’ (KMC) on the health of newborns in the first few days of life.

Kangaroo mother care is skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby, with mothers holding the baby to the chest, and is often practiced along with breastfeeding.

In the analysis, funded by Saving Newborn Lives initiative (SNL) of Save the Children, the team looked 124 studies published between 2000 and 2014 that researched skin-to-skin contact. Some studies also looked at and included breastfeeding as part of their definition of KMC.

The team found that the most significant reduction in mortality rates was between premature and low birth weight babies. Newborns who weighed less than 2000 grams (4.4 pounds) and received KMC showed a 36per cent reduction in mortality and 47per cent lower risk of major infection, including the serious blood infection sepsis.

There were also benefits for full term and heavier birth weight babies, with those that received KMC showing higher oxygen levels, better temperature regulation and pain tolerance, and increased head circumference growth.

KMC also increased the likelihood that mothers would breastfeed by 50per cent.

Although the results were fairly consistent across low-, middle— and high-income countries, high-income and developed countries also have access to modern health technologies such as incubators to help improve mortality rates in high-risk babies. Such technology however, is not readily available in low— and middle— income countries, where 99per cent of all neonatal deaths occur, the authors outlined. KMC can therefore be of particular importance in such areas, as well as also being an effective treatment in developed countries.

“While KMC or skin-to- skin care is particularly useful for low birth weight babies born where medical resources are limited, developed and developing countries are moving to ‘normalize’ KMC or skin-to-skin as a beneficial practice for all newborns and mothers,” commented senior author Grace Chan, an instructor at Harvard Chan School and a faculty member at Boston Children’s Hospital.

2013 research published in the Journal of Newborns & Infant Nursing Reviews also found that KMC offered many health benefits to newborns.

Susan Ludington-Hoe, from Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, found that babies respond more positively to their mothers than nurses, and when in their mother’s arms experience less pain and stress when receiving some medical procedures.

She also found that premature babies receiving KMC slept better, adjusted their heartbeats and body temperatures to their mother’s, absorbed immune benefits from their mother’s skin, and show improved brain development compared to those that didn’t receive KMC.

News source: AFP

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