The Right Way to Care for a Premature Born

Premature Born

While you were expecting your baby to arrive around the due date, it decided to surprise you and enter the world way before than planned? This is a common story and of course, there are risks associated with it. Premature babies are tinier than one can imagine and are, therefore, more vulnerable to risks and congenital defects.

There are several hospitals for premature babies delivery which is a reassuring fact that mothers delivering ahead of time need not worry for a mid-term delivery. Ideally, babies born early are extremely low on birth weight and often have to stay back in the hospital till the time doctors declare the baby stable.

Ever saw a prematurely born baby? Below are the characteristics of babies born prematurely!

If your baby is born prematurely, she may neither look nor behave like a full-term infant. While the average full-term baby weighs about 7 pounds (3.17 kg) at birth, a premature newborn might weigh 5 pounds (2.26 kg) or even considerably less. But thanks to medical advances, children born after twenty-eight weeks of pregnancy, and weighing more than 2 pounds 3 ounces (1 kg), have almost a full chance of survival; eight out of ten of those born after the thirtieth week have minimal long-term health or developmental problems, while those preterm babies born before twenty-eight weeks have more complications, and require intensive treatment and support in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Caring for your premature baby at home

Your premature baby is home at last and now it's up to you to make sure he's fed, warm, washed and happy... Not to mention getting him to sleep at night!

In many ways, caring for your premature baby at home may not be so different from how you had imagined life with a new baby. You will have plenty of time to cuddle and play with him and watch him respond to everyday things he won't have experienced in the baby unit - a breeze, sunlight, the smell of a flower or your dinner in the oven.
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