Parenting

Parenting Tips For Mothers Who Give Birth Prematurely

Premature babies need to be handled very carefully since they are very delicate and susceptible to diseases. Their immunization level is very low compared to full term babies.

Here are some points that a mother needs to keep in mind with regards to a premature baby.

  • Premature babies need 8-10 feedings a day. This is necessary as the baby has a risk of suffering from dehydration.
  • Premature babies tend to spit out the food you are feeding them, so don’t be discouraged and be motivated to feed them sufficient food.
  • Premature babies can be fed solid food only after 4-6 months of their due date that they were supposed to be born on and not the date they were actually born on.
  • Premature babies tend to sleep for shorter periods, and they sleep often.
  • A premature baby should not be made to sleep on their stomach as they have the risk of dying from SIDS –Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Instead they should be made to sleep on their backs.
  • No pillows should be used, and make sure the baby is made to lie on a firm mattress.
  • There is a high risk of a premature baby suffering from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), therefore parents need to be very careful and have constant check ups with the doctor.
  • Premature babies also have a high risk of suffering from hearing problems. If you notice that your baby has a problem hearing, consult your doctor immediately.
  • Immunizations to premature babies can be given at the same time they are given to full term babies. So parents need not worry.

Keep these points in mind and have a great time with your bundle of joy.

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