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do premature babies need special car seats?

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Dr. Sue Hall
Dr. Sue Hallanswered
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Yes: Every baby born less than 37 weeks gestation should have a car seat trial before discharge from the hospital, to ensure breathing is adequate. The hospital staff should check to see if the car seat you've selected is appropriate for the baby's size, and they should teach you how to use it safely. Baby may need a car bed if s/he fails the car seat test. Always place the car seat rear-facing.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Usually not, but...: Preemies can usually use a regular infant car seat upon leaving the hospital. Before leaving the hospital, the parents should take the car seat, plus any extra padding, into the hospital nursery and see how the baby fits into the car seat. If the baby is too small or too floppy while in the car seat, the baby may have trouble breathing while riding in that seat. If so, then make other plans.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics 25 years experience
No: Any newborn care seat will work. The hospital should do a car seat challange before the child leaves the hospital.
Dr. John Michalski
Orthopedic Surgery 36 years experience
Car seats: Most go by size, yes, if your premie is lower weight. Some have inserts that work to hold position comfortably.
Dr. Caroline Cribari
Psychiatry 23 years experience
Special Insert: The car seat itself is the same, but specialized car seat inserts are made for premature babies to ensure they are snug and safe! you can purchase these at the same location as the car seats or online.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Maybe: Any infant needs to travel in the seat most suited for their needs.Seat manufacturers are now selling seats with no bottom weight limit, or listing 4 lb as the lower weight.Premi's undergo a hour or longer car seat test in the seat they will use prior to discharge.If they fail, a car bed (2 available,4-9lb most common) is used.Proper seat use and advice on other seats is available from techncians

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When will my premature baby start reaching developmental milestones on time?

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Pediatrics 38 years experience
That depends...: It depends on how early your baby was. A premie's development is compared with others who are the same "corrected age" (chronologic age minus the number of weeks or months the baby was born early) until age two, when most will be "caught up" developmentally with their chronologic age-mates (babies born on the same date as they were). If a baby is only mildly preterm, he may catch up earlier.
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Where should our infant sleep when we stay in a hotel?

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Dr. Pamela Lindor
Pediatrics 32 years experience
Portable crib: Most hotels will have cribs available to rent, but it might make sense to invest in a portable "pack and play" type crib. Babies need to sleep on a firm surface, and should not be in the bed with you. Also, since hotels are not "babyproofed", the portable crib can also be used to help keep an older baby safe.
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How can I get my child to eat breakfast if still sleepy and early?

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Dr. Samuel Sadow
Bariatrics 48 years experience
Outsmart them!: To bed earlier. Try variety! eat with them! give them what tastes good like home made protein smoothies with fresh fruit juices and whey protein powder. Almond butter with toast. Avoid breakfast out of a box! make some turkey bacon. Play some upbeat music and get them going. Good luck!
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A 28-year-old female asked:

What the best thing to use on infant heat bumps?

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Dr. Shontae Buffington
Pediatrics 17 years experience
Leave them alone: The best thing to do is to leave them alone. Try to get rid of the offending agent, heat, over bundling; consider an office visit if baby's skin does not improve. It may be eczema or another common childhood rash.
A 47-year-old member asked:

A doctor who specializes in premature baby and care, would be neoperinatologlist?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Neonatologist: The specialty dealing with sick or premi baby care is neonatology.They goe thru initial pediatric training before concentrating on the newborn.A perinatologist starts out in obgyn before concentrating their studies on the high risk pregnancy. I've never heard of a neoperinatologist.

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