Tips From Family Doctors: Caring for Premature Babies

Tips From Family Doctors: Caring for Premature Babies

Tips From Family Doctors: Caring for Premature Babies

Caring for any baby can be a challenge that even the bravest, most experienced, and most prepared parents find a little tricky, but premature babies require an extra level of care that can be frightening at first. Premature babies have unique health, nutrition, and development needs, and this means that a bit of specialized knowledge goes a long way. Our opens in a new windowFamily Doctors know that this can be a joyful and nervous time in your life as well as yourchild’s–so here’s a little information on how to care for your preemie.

Premature Babies

The first thing you need to know about caring for a premature baby is that every preemie is a little different and that these subtle differences will characterize the transition from hospital to home. Depending on how early he or she was born and what, if any, serious surgeries or medical issues had to be addressed in the first days of life, your preemie might have to stay in the hospital until two to four weeks after the original due date, often using breathing machines or specialized medications during this time. As a result, taking preemies home is a big transition for every parent and every child. This transition is where you’re likely to feel the most confused, anxious, and yet still joyful.

Tips From Experts

Here are a few tips from our Family Doctors on how to care for your preemie!

  • Breastfeeding. Although many parents choose not to breastfeed for various reasons, premature babies benefit the most from breastfeeding. Lactation consultants are always available at the hospital, and they will prove to be valuable allies–so be sure to contact an expert before you’re discharged.
  • Protecting health. There’s something about babies that makes everyone want to hold them–but the truth is that preemies need an extra level of protection. If friends or family are suffering from any illness, even so much as a sniffle, you should introduce your baby through pictures and videos to minimize health risks. And remember to wash your hands frequently to keep the baby safe and healthy!
  • Recognition. One of the most important parts of caring for a premature baby is knowing how to tell if something is wrong. So do your research; ask your doctors all the questions that come into your head; keep a very close eye on your preemie at all times. Know what signs of illness or weakness to look out for.

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