Home Care Tips For Premature Babies 

Health

By Parmita Uniyal
Published Nov 21, 2022

Hindustan Times

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Who's a premature baby? 

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A baby is considered preterm when born at less than 37 completed weeks

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Here are some tips for preterm babies by Dr Sidharth Nayyar, Chief Neonatologist, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals

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Room temperature 

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Room should be kept adequately warm at all times. Check your baby’s temperature too from time to time to avoid any unwanted problems

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Clothes to wear

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Caps, socks and mittens will help prevent heat loss from the baby which in turn will improve the weight gain

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Skin to skin contact

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Practice Kangaroo care by letting the baby rest on your chest. This is beneficial for health and reduces pain or stress the child goes through

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Breastfeeding

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Breast milk aids in growth and development of your premature baby. It strengthens immunity and can be easily digested compared to formula milk

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Hand hygiene

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Limit the hands touching the baby. Limit the number of people caring for the baby. Strict no to visitors for at least two months after discharge

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Follow-up

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Immunization, growth monitoring and neurological assessment at frequent intervals is essential in all newborns but these become vital in premature babies

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