Babies in themselves are fragile creatures that deserve attention and extra care but preemies are more fragile that needs a bit more than others. It must not be taken as a burden for the parents but just like going the extra mile to show how much you love them.
Birthing premature babies, or preemies, does not mean that they will caring for the sickliest of children. However, of course, they need extra care and attention because they have underdeveloped tissues and organs compared to babies that were nurtured in the womb for a full term. And it makes them more fragile than the others. Below are the basic needs of a preemie that must be given special attention.
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Preemies lack the body fat needed by babies to regulate body heat. That is why they are kept in incubators until their body are mature enough to develop normally. Their body must maintain a certain temperature to be able to develop and to avoid infections and other complications. It is good to be beside your baby most of the times and having them touch your fingers to feel your warmth caring.
The best nutrition for preemies is breast milk. They may be immature to feed directly from a breast so they are fed through other means. Of course, breast milk is very nutritious for any baby since aside from sustenance, it helps fight infection and other diseases. Sometimes, additional nutrients are needed by the baby depending on their condition.
As they are more fragile than those babies that reached their full term, they need a lot of patience for them to grow normally. Patience and attention is also needed to prevent them from getting hold of some complications related to premature birth like apnea, anemia, low blood pressure and respiratory distress syndrome, among others. Even after leaving the hospital and NICU, special attention must still be given to them like regular eye and hearing examinations and during the development of their nervous system and motor skills.
From infancy to growing up, they need the support, care and love of their family.
Preemies may lack the development and maturity than those who reached full term but there are ways to care for them to be able to grow up normally. Taking care of them must not be taken as a burden but more of an affectionate showing of how much you love them.