Premature Baby Care-The normal pregnancy period lasts between 38 weeks and 42 weeks. However, if the birth occurs before 37 weeks, the baby born is called premature baby. When the premature baby is born, it will be under observation in the hospital environment for a while. There are a number of issues to be considered when going home.
Body Temperature Should Be Considered In Premature Birth!
Hypothermia, that is, a decrease in body temperature, can be observed in your baby. The reason for this is that your baby’s subcutaneous fat layers are not yet mature. That’s why they get cold more quickly than babies born on time. In order to prevent the body temperature from falling, the size of the clothes you buy for your baby should be suitable for her body and should cover all parts of her body nicely. If you do not dress your baby in suitable clothes, the premature baby will use more energy to warm itself and therefore slow down the growth rate and prepare the ground for more problems in the future. If clothes of appropriate sizes cannot be provided, measures can be taken by wrapping cotton and gauze on their hands and feet, putting two overalls on top of each other, and wearing gloves and socks in pairs.
Visitors should be treated sensitively!
Premature babies need all kinds of care and protection much more than normal babies. In particular, you should explain the situation to your visitors who will come to you . Premature babies are vulnerable to all kinds of infections. Because their immune systems are not fully developed yet. Therefore, visitors who will come to your home should know this situation very well .
Nutrition and Sleep Arrangement Important!
Premature babies will want to sleep all the time. When the feeding period is prolonged, your baby will be more tired and will need more sleep. For this reason, you should pay attention to the time you spend for feeding, and adjust your diet and sleep patterns well. You can play soft music with a low voice in your baby’s room during the day.
You Should Take Care of Your Baby’s Sensitive Skin!
As with all newborn babies, the skin of premature babies is very sensitive and delicate. Since the cartilage bones (ears) are still in the maturation phase, it will be beneficial to change your baby’s lying position at most 3 hours .
Eye Care Must Be Carefully Done!
Adhesions, discharge and burrs may occur in the eyes of premature babies. Of course, if you encounter such a situation, it will be useful to see your doctor. Eye care must be done with sterile water. In order not to infect one eye with an infection, you should not apply the gauze you applied to one eye to the other. During the premature baby eye care phase, if there are situations such as redness, yellowish discharge, edema in your baby’s eyes, you should suspect infection and consult your doctor immediately.
You Must Be Sensitive In Oral Care For Premature Babies!
Oral care should be done with sterile water just like eye care. You need to pay attention to whether there are white particles on your baby’s palate and tongue. If you encounter white particles, you can wrap a gauze pad on your little finger and clean the thrush areas with sterile water. But of course, when you encounter such a situation, your priority should always be to consult your doctor.
Dear parents, Thank you very much for reading our article titled “What to Consider in Premature Baby Care”. Do not forget that what we write is for informational purposes only. Please consult your doctor if necessary.
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