Parenting Lesson 11 - Premature birth

Topics covered in this lesson-

  1. How to take care of a premature or LBW baby?

  2. Would a premature or low birth weight baby be able to recover?


How to take care of a premature or LBW baby?

Treatment for the baby is determined by the doctor depending on the baby’s gestational age, health and ability to tolerate treatments. Many times, care of a low birth weight or preterm baby includes spending time in the NICU, a temperature-controlled incubator, and special feeding through a stomach tube or IV line. Typically, low birthweight babies can catch up in growth if they have no other complications. Breastfeeding is one of the most important things that you need to do to promote healthy weight gain in your baby. Mother's milk is the best way to build a premature baby's strength and health. It will also help prevent all kinds of infections.


Would a premature or low birth weight baby be able to recover?

Most preemies grow up to be healthy kids. They tend to be on track with full-term babies in their growth and development by age 3 or so. Your baby's early years, though, may be more complicated than a full-term baby's. Because they're born before they're ready, almost all preemies need extra care. They're more likely to have health issues and delays during their early years, and sometimes beyond. The less your baby weighed when she was born, the more likely she is to have health problems that could affect how she grows.


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