Did you know that almost every 12-13 babies out of 100 are premature? Babies those are delivered before 37 weeks of pregnancy are premature. Here are 6 essentials that no one tells you but comes through experience on how to cope with your premature baby:
1. The Nursery Check…
Usually we are in regular contact with our Gynae since Day-1, but it is equally important to look for a hospital/clinic that has properly facilitated nursery too apart from other amenities. Do not miss this research work before-hand because it is good to be prepared rather than panic at an 11th hour due to lack of services if any. The premature babies are too delicate to face the outer atmosphere, hence require proper observation for a couple of days or may be longer.
2. Jaundice or Pneumonia…
Dear new Parents, Don’t Panic! It is natural for a premature to catch hold of Jaundice or Pneumonia. Understand that the baby needs to adapt to the atmosphere change from the womb to the nursery and then to the outer world. The baby’s eyes get pale yellow, which would improve gradually. If it is winter season, the symptoms take elongated time to fade. Urinal excretion too helps in speedy recovery.
3. Less exposure to UV rays…
The pediatrician prescribes to opt for UV rays treatment of the baby. However, UV rays leads to skin tanning as the baby’s skin is very delicate. So, prefer SUNLIGHT over UV ray’s treatment.
Yet another essential is breastfeeding. It helps the baby a lot to recover and fight against ailments like weakness, jaundice or pneumonia if caught, specially the Colostrum in the mother milk. Colostrum is a yellow or orange colored milk, thicker in nature, and contains high level of Beta-Carotene. This helps the baby to improve immunity and to get corrected bowel movements.
· Be prepared before-hand with a breast pump, since immediate milking is difficult specially for C-Section cases. You might have to pump out milk and deliver to nursery to feed your baby.
· Use a steel container for transferring milk since the chances of contamination is less. Sterilize the pump and container every time with hot water before using it for the baby.
5. Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize!
As the name says, keep lots and lots of sanitizers ready. When the baby comes from the nursery, do not allow anyone or everyone to take hold of it. It’s ok to ask them politely to use sanitizers before touching the baby. After all it’s a baby, so let all the sanitized love and blessings be showered on him.
6. Allow enough time to deal with your emotions …
When the baby is handed over to the parents, make sure to keep it closer to the mother for it to feel warmth and affection. This will make the brain of the baby get a vibe of calmness and safety. Smile and talk to the baby. Mother’s love and milk is all he needs.
These smaller steps would help the baby grow since it is too tender, skinny and soft.
A Mother’s special tip to all the mothers out there:
“Stay patient, cry if you want to.. It’s all hormonal and fine! But keep a check of your emotions because whatever you’d have in heart will go to the baby through your milk! Believe in God, pray for baby’s strength and better health. This premature phase would be emotional and difficult, but it must get through! Love and spread love. You are a MOTHER now!”