Top four ways to take care of a premature baby

One of the most memorable moments and the greatest gift of life for women is giving birth to a child. The ideal time to give birth to a new born child is about 40 weeks or 280 days. But one of the common issues faced by a lot of women these days is preterm, which is nothing but giving birth to a child before 37 weeks. When this happens, your premature child will grow up healthy but they require extra care.

In this article, we give you a few useful tips to care for a premature baby-

1.    Make sure your baby sleeps well- We all know the fact that a new born child requires lot of sleep in order to stay healthy, but most people might not know the fact that a premature baby needs more sleep than a normal baby. When you baby is sleeping,  you should frequently check your baby and should make sure that they are sleeping on their back. Babies should never sleep with their chest and abdomen facing downwards as this may cause pressure to build up on their chest and abdomen and as a result they might have difficulty breathing.

2.    Feeding- Breast feeding is the ultimate and recommended choice for a premature or a full term baby. In the case of a premature birth, since the size of your baby is small they might have difficulty in holding on to the breast. In order to make the process of feeding easy, you can pump the breast milk and store it in a bottle. Then feed this bottle milk to your new born child.

3.    Keep in touch with your doctor- One of the major steps to take in order to make sure your taking good care of your premature child is to speak to your doctor on a regular basis. Listen to all the suggestions that your doctor will tell you about your baby, after all they are the ones who know well about your child.

4.    Learn CPR- Another essential tip to learn in order to take proper care of your premature new born is to learn how to perform CPR(Cardiopulmonary resuscitation).  Sometimes premature children have difficulty breathing, so in case of emergency, CPR will come to your rescue.

-Akhila Kakarala
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