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What is appropriate nutrition and vaccination schedule for a preemie?

What is appropriate nutrition and vaccination schedule for a preemie?

Yes: Loaded question! nutrition: highly dependent. Fortunately, preparing you for home care (including nutrition) is one of the things nicu does best. You'll be taught all about feedings before discharge, and your baby's nutrition will be frequently reassesed by your pediatrician after you come home. Vaccinations: typically, same as full-term; some premies do need additional vaccines, (eg. Synagis). ...Read more

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What does "preemie" mean?

What does "preemie" mean?

A baby born early: Any baby born before 37 weeks is considered a "preemie" or premature baby. There is a huge range in how well preemies do, however, depending on how early they are. ...Read more

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How does a preemie get nec?

How does a preemie get nec?

NEC: Although the exact etiology of necrotizing enterocolitis (nec) remains unknown, research suggests multiple factors - inefficient blood circulation; infectious agents like bacteria, viruses, and fungi; immaturity and dysfunction of the immune system. Regardless of the triggering mechanisms, the resultant outcome is significant inflammation of the intestinal tissues. ...Read more

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How do I know if my preemie is developing correctly?

How do I know if my preemie is developing correctly?

Modified scale: Motor development is the most common gauge we use for infant development.Charts used to assess motor skills are based on babies born at term.In premi's we adjust the expectations by how many weeks they were early. For example, tripod sitting for a few seconds is expected in term infants by 6m or 6m+wks premi for premi's.By 18-24m they seem to catch up. They should check this at ur checkups. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a preemie to not be behind (emotionally, socially, physically)?

Is it possible for a preemie to not be behind (emotionally, socially, physically)?

Yes: Development in infants follows a similar sequence reguardless of prematurity. I have seen many 34+ wk premi's match the talents of term infants. As you go earlier, it is less likely. I find it more important to monitor progress thru skill sets with the aid of early childhood professionals. They can find areas of where a bit of help can give your child a chance to catch up. ...Read more

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When should a preemie be circumcised?

When should a preemie be circumcised?

Depends on variables: This procedure, if desired, can be delayed until the kid is stable enough to consider discharge to home care.It can be done around the time of discharge by the method preferred by the physician doing the procedure. I usually do it the day prior to scheduled discharge. In some cases, other issues like a hypospadias might require a delay until much older, when corrective surgery can be scheduled. ...Read more

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What is a preemie step-down unit?

What is a preemie step-down unit?

Less intervention: It means your baby is doing much better and requires less care. Maybe just needs to feed and grow. ...Read more

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How does that advice change with a preemie?

How does that advice change with a preemie?

Not a chat room: Questions you submit to HT are randomly presented to physicians who visit the site. They are never linked, and we cannot see what or if you asked another question. The wording of this question suggests you are asking a followup to another question. To get the most from the site, please provide all the information needed to answer your question every time. ...Read more

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What is the best bottle to use for a preemie?

Trial and error: You need to figure this out through trial and error. Search online and read the blogs. Then bring your baby and see which bottles and nipples are closest fitting to your baby. You will need to try a few until you find one that works. ...Read more

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Is staying at home require for a family if a preemie?

Is staying at home require for a family if a preemie?

Sometimes: Some preemies require much more care than full term infants and placing them in day care is a risk for infections they may not fight as well as full term babies. An example is RSV that can be devastating for a premature infant. You have to consider the amount of care your baby has required prior to coming home and any complications he or she might have had. ...Read more

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When will my preemie reach a normal weight and height?

When will my preemie reach a normal weight and height?

24 months: Most babies will reach their expected growth curve by 2 years old, although those who were less premature will generally "catch up" sooner. If your child does not appear to be growing properly, your pediatrician will want to order some tests to determine if there is a treatable cause for the delay. ...Read more

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What do you do if people say your precious preemie is so little when you work so hard to help him grow? Crushed

What do you do if people say your precious preemie is so little when you work so hard to help him grow? Crushed

Dont be crushed.: People do not know what you have been through and how small your baby initially was. It is natural that people describe them as tiny as they really are smaller then a full term baby. To you the baby is "huge" compared to what he or she was at birth, so you have a point of reference, other people do not. I am sure they all mean well. The only important fact is how joyful it is to be home with him. ...Read more

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How long does a preemie stay in the icu?

How long does a preemie stay in the icu?

Depends: Depends how premature the baby is and what other complications arise. Some infants, even if they are premature do not require ICU stays. ...Read more

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Should I insist on sitters taking cpr to care for my preemie?

Should I insist on sitters taking cpr to care for my preemie?

Good idea: That's a good idea. That way they can save the baby with infant CPR until ems arrives. It's a short course and a good idea for everyone to know - infant, child, and adult cpr. ...Read more

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What information must I give to my childs caregiver if he is a preemie?

See below: Despite of being a preemie, the child's care giver should be told any pertinent health information. Such as, allergies, medications, and chronic health problems. ...Read more

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Is it possible to breastfeed a preemie?

Is it possible to breastfeed a preemie?

Yes: It's actually, most of the time, the best way to feed a preemie. Ones who need a feeding tube still benefit from breast milk and intimate contact even if they can't actually suckle. ...Read more

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What to do with preemie and constipation!?

What to do with preemie and constipation!?

Neonatal issues: It depends on what you call constipation and the baby's age.Usually in the first days of life the baby will have very frequent bowel movements. As the baby grows older it can create a pattern and not necessarily have stools every day especially if they are breastfed.Constipation at that age is considered to be hard stools. If there is bm at least once a week and soft it is ok.F/u with pcp on this. ...Read more

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