Age specific questions about newborns up to "0 months".

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How do you cope in the first few months?

How do you cope with the sleeplessness, the stress, the fear in the first few months? Our baby just came home yesterday. He was five weeks premature, so he was in the NICU for two weeks. The stress ...
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How old really is my child?

my child was born 4 weeks early. Do I consider her to be 4 month old (counting age since birth), or 3 month old (regarding age-related advice, facts in books and such) ?
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How can I successfully breast feed my premature baby?

My baby was born at 32 weeks. He was born without a sucking reflex, so needed to be fed through a nasogastric tube and needed to be in a humidicrib. How can I manage to feed him exclusively on my ...
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What can I do to bond with my premature baby?

All my children were born premature, at 32, 33 and 34 weeks. As such they were all separated from me, and admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, in humidicribs and could not be held for very ...
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What should I expect regarding development of baby born severely underweight with Symmetrical IUGR?

My baby was born at week 38, weighting 4.5 lbs. According to the ultrasounds, he stopped growing on week 34 and he was diagnosed at birth with Symmetrical IUGR. Before week 34, everything seemed ...
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How do I prepare my home for the arrival of my premature baby?

My son was born prematurely a few weeks ago and is still in the hospital. If all goes well, he will leave the hospital when he reaches the equivalent of 36 gestational weeks, weighs at least 4 lbs, ...
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Should I be concerned with a infant (preemie) that doesn't want to be held?

My son is 30.5 weeks old, 14.5 weeks adjusted (he was a 24-weeker) and has started to get real fussy until we set him down in his swing or crib. It's not happening all the time, but it is increasing ...
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What are the square cotton wipes that NICUs/nurseries use called?

Discharge is soon and we're looking a few odds and ends for our little one, but I'm at a loss for vocabulary and I'm not finding what I need with google and amazon searches. Every time I search, I ...
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Are premature babies more likely to be irritable and impatient?

My daughter was born before the 30th week of gestation. Now she is 4 and is quite lively and impatient. Is it possible that her low birthweight has an effect on her temper?