Questions tagged [premature]

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How do I help a father of a 32 week premie? [closed]

Some background on this. My friend and his wife were expecting their baby in early November, but last Friday he messaged me and let me know that their baby is coming. The baby is very premature, about ...
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Is it appropriate to say “Congratulations” to premature parents?

I already said "Congratulations", via text message, to my friend who's wife just gave birth to a girl at 25 weeks. Assuming that everything is ok, or at least going well given the situation, is it OK ...
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30 week preterm with erratic respiratory rate, lots of crying and being sick [closed]

My wife gave birth to my son Alex 7 days ago. He has had the usual breathing problems and what not for a 30 week premature baby. Over the course of the last couple of days he has been left to breath ...
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Can I still nurse?

I am a first time mom and my baby is three and a half weeks early. I am currently pumping, but am trying to nurse. Unfortunately, she won't even latch for more than 20 seconds and I'd say about 95% of ...
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Baby boy, preterm birth weight 1.5 kg, needs development help at 18 months

My baby boy was preterm (8.5 months) and low birth weight (1.5 kg). Currently, at 18 months, he is able to stand alone but still not started walking. He is not able to speak more than 3-4 words like "...
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For developmental milestones, should the age of my preemie son be measured from his birth date or due date?

Our son was born on November 21st, but due on December 22nd. So should we expect him to hit a 3 month milestone when he is actually 4 months old?
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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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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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How can I successfully breastfeed 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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Should I be concerned about my 12-month-old not understanding what we say?

My child will be 12 months old next week. He was born 6 weeks prematurely. My concern is that he doesn't seem to understand what anyone of us says. He does look when I say "look" and he does respond ...
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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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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 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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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?
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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, ...