A premature baby has some special needs. She needs extra care as her immune system is underdeveloped. She has problem in feeding also. She is more susceptible to infections. Here are few tips on caring of a premature baby.
Caring for a newborn baby is hard enough, and caring for a premature baby with special needs, who may still be unable to suck for her breast milk, is much harder, and may often seem overwhelming. However, it is important that you try and look beyond the present,
towards a future with a healthy, happy child. Until then, enlist the
help of your husband and relatives, and anticipate and expect that you
will need to work hard for a short period, but the results will be well
More than anyone, your premature baby needs your breast milk.
So, although expressing and feeding your baby takes a lot out of you,
stick with it. You will be glad you did when your baby starts thriving
soon. You could however give your baby a couple of formula feeds during
the day, to help her gain weight and to give you a much needed break
and rest from expressing.
Restrict visitors from meeting your child until she is two or
three months old, depending on how premature she is. In any case, no
one should be allowed to visit her until she has had her first round of
Your child's immunity system is particularly
underdeveloped, and as such you will need to take extra care with
regard to hygiene and cleanliness. What this basically means is that
you should be particular about washing your hands before handling your
baby. If you have a premature baby,
now would be a good time to invest in a hand sanitizer. If you are
expressing milk for your baby, wipe your breasts with boiled water
before you start expressing. However, if you are directly breastfeeding
your baby, you don't really need to do this. In any case, remember that
with breastfeeding, your baby's immunity will develop at a much faster
It goes without saying that all feeding equipment should be
well sterilised before use. It makes sense to invest in a steriliser,
as you then will not have to worry about constantly boiling everything
and ensuring that it's boiled long enough. Simply pop your bottles,
breast pump etc into the steriliser and switch it on.
If you have pets at home, prevent them from coming into your
baby's room. Although you may love your pet, there's no denying the
fact that he does carry a whole lot of germs along with him, and you
want to keep these germs away from your baby. Instead, after your baby
has gained a little weight, you could start bringing her out from the
bedroom for a few minutes at a time. She could be around the pet in
another room every now and again, and then, a few weeks later, you
could let the pet in her room.
In all likelihood, you will need to give your baby a few
supplements, as advised by your doctor. Make sure you are regular with
these. If your baby screams when taking supplements, you could express
a little milk and mix the supplements with the milk. This will dilute
the taste, and your baby may enjoy the supplements more. If your baby
is crying a lot and gagging, forcing the supplements down her throat
will only make her throw up. Be gentle and slow.
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