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Excited and blissful as you are to give birth to your child, the fact that unlike other infants, your own is born before the 37th week is still worrisome. It is even more of a burden when the discharge day arrives and you take your baby home. The feeling of anxiety and fright is understandable as your baby now is not in the comfort of hospital nursery. Whatever the circumstance is, calm yourself down and have faith that he/she is ready for home care.
I/ Why premature babies need special care
It is apparent that some parts of preemies are not fully developed, as can be seem with lungs, skin and immunization system. However, there is no reason for parents to freak out. They should take into consideration the fact that advances in the medical field have facilitated the caring of preemies to a great extent.
II/Ways to nurture prematurely born babies
In certain cases, your premature newborns are advised not to be breast-fed. Most of them, between 25-29 weeks, are fed intravenously or through a tube. Yet, when you decide to give him/her breast milk, consult a physician first to see whether it is the right time. If his/her indigestive system is ready, you should begin to store your milk. In the event that your baby has difficulty in digesting the milk, use extra tools like tube or bottle to help. Then, when your baby reaches 35-37 weeks, it is universally certain that he/she can be breast-fed directly.
Few people know that some small but full of love and affection gestures can have a remarkable bearing on the development of preemies. There are some things you can do:
-Talking/singing to baby so as to provide the child with the comfort needed
-Partaking in his/her first shower
3/Make adjustments to your home
Parents are strongly suggested to research NICU, which is the term of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. To create a nurturing environment for premature newborns to live, your home should be adequately furnished with monitoring devices and instant access to medical professors. Admittedly, it can be scary at first. Thus, having a brief understanding of how these instruments operate can be extremely helpful.
-Checking your baby’s temperature
Place your child at a comfortable and safe temperature. You can use a vest, a lightweight blanket or a sleep suit to keep him/her warm. However, one crucial point to remember is that you mustn’t overwhelm your baby with too many layers. This can cause tragic deaths if not found out soon.
-Checking your house’s temperature
It is best to adjust your room from 16 to 20oC .If possible, keep it at 18oC (64oF).
Kangaroo care is known as the method in which premature newborn is put uprightly on the mother’s breast. It proves to exert a positive impact on the child in terms of breast-feeding, weight boosting, temperature stabilizing and maternal bonding. Therefore, parents, particularly mothers should apply this technique on a regular basis.