A premature baby – everything you need to know

(Last Updated On: September 4, 2017)

No mother wishes to deliver her baby too soon. However, each year, millions of babies are born before the 37th week of pregnancy making them prematurely born. Due to various reasons, this happens and such babies are admitted in the intensive care unit on being born. The causes for this could be almost anything from diabetes during pregnancy, placental disorders to a genetic defect.

In most cases, the underlying cause for a premature delivery is not known and hence, cannot be prevented. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind about your premature baby

1Breastfeeding Your Preemie

Try to give your child breast milk. Premature infants grow at a really fast rate and their nutrient needs can be met aptly by breast milk. You will start lactating a few hours after your baby is born. Make sure, your baby is fed breast milk as it has antibodies that develop the baby’s immunity. Although, your baby won’t be able to latch onto your breast, the milk can be fed via a test tube.

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Sumbul is a dentist by profession and a marketer by choice. She has about 4 years of experience in marketing and a year of clinical experience. Previously, she was working with Witworks. She is a graduate from K.L.E. Institute of Dental Sciences, Belgaum. Driven by a mission to make a bigger impact in healthcare, she opted to work for Portea.


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