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What Are The Best Toys For Preemies
Their Parents!: Toys are fine and dandy, but there's nothing that can stimulate healthy cognitive, emotional, and physical development quite like interacting with a parent. However much money you spend on a toy, use it together with your child and your dollars will have been well spent! ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Nursing Staff: Nicu nurses are some of the best you'll find. Highly dedicated & exceptionally well trained, they also have a lot invested in your premie. Still, they have different comfort levels & different personalities, good days and bad days. Show your appreciation for the nursing staff and maintain a good rapport. They can become your best nicu advocates and they'll help you reach your breastfeed goals. ...Read moreSee 8 more doctor answers
All: Looks like you are in academic center. In the best case scenario all of the professionals you mentioned work as a team and communicate with each other. Many double check points and an opportunity to get different opinions. The neonatologist is the person with more training and (usually) experience but it is important for you to be comfortable to communicate with one or all of them! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My preemie had necrotizing enterocolitis. What is the best bottle for her to use when she gets out of the hospital.?
Same as hospital : The type of bottle is not as important as the nipple. Use the one your baby is familiar with in the hospital. We don't use special bottles, liners, etc. If you hold your baby during a feeding, no air will enter the nipple. Use a premie nipple if your baby is using one in the hospital. I hope your baby is doing well and soon on the way home. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
As much as you can.: Most nicu´s allow parents to stay with their babies as much as they can. Most have posted hours and require you to leave when shifts change or rounds are being made. ...Read more
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
Small Babies: Preemies are small babies. Their size depends on the gestational age. ...Read more
34 weeks: Every baby is different, but most stop having apnea and bradycardia events (stopping breathing and low heart rates) around 34 weeks corrected gestational age, however sometimes this can be delayed. Gastric reflux can contribute to continued bradycardia and desaturations beyond this point. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My preemie (12 month adjusted) has just been diagnosed with bilateral pneumonia and I don't know what to do?
Mgt: I would suggest a virtual inbox consultation. I would like to better advise. Generally at this adjusted age, depending on the extent of the underlying lung disease, the illness can be self limited and resolves in two weeks eg. Vaccinations including the flu vaccine should be administered as scheduled per your PCP. If there is any fast breathing, grunting, use of rib cage muscles, please see the ED ...Read more
Dob: mar, 27, 2013, 28weeks preemie , they are sending her home after her car seat test she's 3lbs 14oz. I don't think she's ready to go home ...Is she?
Varies: Premi's should meet a minimum criteria for going home: gaining weight every day on feeds. Able to keep a normal body temperature in a crib. Not have need for a hospital based treatment modality or close observation. My routine is not to send home under 4.5 lb. The local neonatologist does around 4-4.5 lb. I am unaware of what your government run system considers appropriate standards. ...Read more
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