Premature Birth – HTV https://htv.com.pk Fri, 15 Jan 2021 10:40:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How To Care For A Premature Baby https://htv.com.pk/moms/mothers-of-premature-children-need-extra-care Thu, 23 Nov 2017 11:37:05 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=29767

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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Causes of Premature Birth Every Mother should Know https://htv.com.pk/moms/causes-premature-birth-every-mother-know Thu, 18 May 2017 11:26:02 +0000 http://htv.com.pk/?p=24606

Premature birth, also known as pre-term labor, occurs when the body starts preparing for birth too early on during pregnancy.

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Premature birth, also known as pre-term labor, occurs when the body starts preparing for birth too early on during pregnancy. As a typical pregnancy lasts for 40 weeks, uterine contractions that occur before the 37th week are considered premature. The more premature a baby is, the lesser its chances of survival and the greater the chances of the child experiencing problems after birth. According to Healthline, babies born before 25 weeks have a very high risk of long term problems including neurological problems and learning disabilities.

Although, medical treatments exist that enable pregnancy to be prolonged (even if the woman has experienced premature contractions) to avoid putting themselves or their child at risk, all women should be aware of these common (and often avoidable) causes of premature birth.

1. Stress

Research has shown that severe emotional or physical stress can lead to the release of hormones that can cause labor contractions. It also increases the risk of low-weight births (babies that weigh less than 5.5 pounds). Women who stand for long periods (more than five hours a day) or have occupations that are physically and emotionally demanding are more likely to deliver early. Stress during pregnancy is caused partially by changing hormones and physical discomfort of the pregnancy itself. Pregnant women should therefore try to eliminate external sources of stress from their lives and reduce the effects of stress with mild exercise and sufficient sleep.

2. History of Premature Birth or Abortion

The likelihood of a woman delivering a premature baby is directly related to the number of previous premature births she has had and how early they occurred. The more babies a woman has delivered at full term, the less likely it is that her subsequent delivery will be premature. Women who have had abortions in the past also display a higher tendency for premature births. Though the science behind this is not yet confirmed, it is believed that abortions may lead to cervical damage which makes it more likely that the cervix will abnormally open early during subsequent pregnancies.

3. Multiple Gestations

Multiples (twins, triplets, quadruplets etc.) cause the uterus to stretch more, which increases the risk of early contraction and thus premature birth. The uterus may be stretched to such an extent that it begins to contract before the fetuses have fully developed. Infertility treatment as well as artificial insemination techniques significantly increase the chances of multiple gestations.

4. Age of Pregnancy

Women below the age of seventeen and above the age of thirty-five have a much higher risk of premature delivery.

5. Infection

The presence of a bacterial or viral infection anywhere along a woman’s urinary or reproductive tract (especially sexually transmitted diseases) can increase the risk of early labor and delivery. Some premature birth inducing infections can also occur in the bloodstream. Common examples of such infections include gonorrhea, chlamydia and bacterial vaginosis.

6. Short Interval between Pregnancies

Waiting less than a year between successive pregnancies almost doubles the chances of premature delivery. Women should wait for at least 18 months after giving birth before conceiving again.

7. Gum Infections

Pregnancy hormones make expecting mothers more susceptible to periodontal diseases. Periodontitis is a destructive inflammatory disease of the gums and is caused by specific microorganisms. The bacteria that infect the gums travel throughout the body and reach the fetus, via the mother’s bloodstream. This can account for some of the inflammatory processes associated with premature birth and low birth weight. NCBI recommends that pregnant women expand preventative measures and improve their oral hygiene practices.

8. Smoking Before or During Pregnancy

Smoking during pregnancy is known to cause a host of problems including low birth weight, premature birth, certain birth defects and infant death—mostly as a result of decreased oxygen availability for the baby. An NCBI research study conducted in 2005 concluded ‘smoking increases the risk of very preterm birth caused by preterm labor (including idiopathic preterm labor), preterm premature rupture of membranes, and late pregnancy bleedings’.

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