How To Care For A Premature Baby?

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Updated: Friday, October 5, 2012, 18:00 [IST]

Carrying a baby back home in your arms can be one of the most rewarding experiences. You always need to take care of the baby in a special manner. And the care increases when it is a premature baby. Apart from all the special care that your child receives at the nursing home, you too need to take care for the baby at home. Here are some of the factors that you need to keep in mind while caring for your premature baby.

How To Care For A Premature Baby?

Breastfeeding- You must have heard the doctors say that breastfeeding is good for the baby. And in fact this is one of the essential baby care basics. But if have a premature baby then the doctor might restrict you from breastfeeding the child. In this case you have to pump out the breast milk. You need to consult a doctor before you start breastfeeding the baby. The digestive system and the control of electrolytes in the body are all factors that determine when the baby shall be ready to ingest breast milk.

Premature baby massage- A premature massage is a good way to care for the baby. This helps in developing and improving the immune system, blood circulation, skin condition and digestion of the premature baby. A massage also helps the baby to grow in a healthy manner. If you gently massage the baby then they often go to sleep with the comforting strokes of your hand.

Sleep Positions- Proper sleep positions are very important for the premature baby. After you come back from the hospital it is very important that you assure the baby sleeps on his/her back. This reduces the chances of cot death. A new born needs a lot of time to adjust with their new sleeping positions after coming out of the womb. Assure that a proper sleep position of the baby is maintained for a good baby care.

Immune System- The immune system of a premature baby is not too strong. Hence you need to take special care of your baby. This is very important so that the infant does not develop infections. Even minor infections might prove fatal.

Doctor Check- As your baby was born in a premature stage, you need to keep checking with a doctor constantly. Take regular check ups for the premature baby and ensure that your infant hasn't developed any infections.

Keep all these factors in mind and take special care of your baby. If you follow all of the above it will only help the child grow up fast and healthy.

Topics: baby care, parenting, premature labor
 
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Story first published:  Friday, October 5, 2012, 17:58 [IST]
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