Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Bringing Home Your Preemie

OK, so your little one came a bit earlier expected, and she is now out of the NICU. What now?

Temperature is key. Your baby is out in normal air temperature, but that doesn’t mean that she is safe. the temperature of a preemie can dip, and you could even think your thermometer is broken. It is important to learn to take your baby’s rectal temperature right. In the first 2 weeks, check baby’s temp about every 6 hours just to be safe. The best way to protect is to wrap your preemie in layers.

Because your preemie is not fully developed like she should be at her age, you may need to wake her up every 4 or 5 hours (especially during the night) to feed her.

Mother’s breast milk is full of vitamins, extra calories and nutrients that are imperative to your baby’s growth in the first few months. This is especially true for babies who come early. Premature babies have a higher risk of becoming sick because their immune systems are somewhat underdeveloped in the beginning.

Monitor your preemie at all times. If you have any strange feeling that something is not right, contact your pediatrician immediately.

Image c/o BumpBabyandBeyond.com

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