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How You Can Care For Your Premature Baby after Coming Home?

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In many ways, caring for your premature baby at home may not be much different from what you would expect in your life with a new baby.  You’ll have plenty of time to cuddle and play with your baby and watch how he responds to everyday things he might not have encountered in the hospital. Here are some things to keep in mind.

The baby care unit may seem strange and confusing at first, especially if your child is in an incubator or ventilator. There may be tubes or wires attached to the face and body.

Ask the nurse to explain the purpose of everything and how you can relate to your child’s care.  You will be able to change, wash and swap your baby’s diapers and clothes. When your baby is stable, you will be able to embrace him. Nurses will be able to help you get your baby out of the incubator. Your child will greatly benefit from physical contact with you.  You can also talk to your child.  It can help you both. Wash your hands thoroughly before touching the baby.

Before your child leaves the hospital, the health team will help you learn how to care for your child at home.  These may include:

·         To Feed

First, your baby may be too old or too sick to feed himself.  You can breastfeed and give it to your baby through a tube. A thin tube is sent to his stomach through his nose or mouth.  It will not hurt them. Talk to your hospital midwife about breastfeeding your baby.  There may be breast pumps at the hospital that you can use. There is also an option like breast pump hire.

Your milk has special benefits, especially if your baby is sick or premature because it is rich in protein like antibodies, fats and minerals. If your baby is unable to get milk in the first place, you can freeze the milk when it is ready. You could not breastfeed after coming home.  You do not have to worry about how much milk you produce.  Every little part of it helps your child.

·         Medication

Even if your child is told he or she can go home, he or she will still need medication.  Although some children may still have medical problems, the staff will be confident that you can deal with these problems successfully at home.  The ward staff will show your child how to give their medicine.  You should talk to your local pharmacist to explain what medication your child requires and how often you should get a prescription.  This will help the pharmacist to prescribe medicine for your child.

·         Visitors

When you get home, your friends, and family may want to see you and your baby.  You can restrict visitors for a period of time after you leave your new hometown, so it will take some time for you to move into a new family.  You can restrict visitors to reduce the risk of transmitting the infection to your child.

Take special care of your premature newborn, and never forget that they require special care.

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