If you have a premature baby you must know how to care for a premature baby because it is not the same as caring for a normal baby. About 30% of the babies born are premature, they have problems because they are born before their time which means that they have to spend some time in a neonatal intensive care unit. Because they are not big enough their lungs are not fully developed thus the need for special care. Even though your premature baby has to spend some time in an intensive care unit you can still take care of him. Here we are going to give you some advice on how you can do that.
The first thing that you should do is spend as much time as possible with you baby because even though he has a lot of nurses running around him he still needs his mother close. He can identify you voice and your smell, things which no one can replace. Even though a baby is premature born he still needs the same amount of attention and love as a normal baby. So, what you have to do is talk to the nurses and tell them that you want to spend as much time as possible with you premature baby.
Another thing that you should do if you have a premature baby is touch him as often as you can. Because he is so small he may be kept in an incubator for numerous of reasons, but even so you can slip your hand in there and touch him. You may not realize but the feeling of your skin on your babyâ€™s skin can do wonder for him.
Let the nurses that are caring for your premature baby that you want to get involved in all the activities. There are so many things that you can do: you can rock him, feed him or care for him. If your baby requires special care then you should ask your nurse to explain the process to you so that later on you can do it on your own.
If is very important to know how to care for a premature baby because when it is time to take him/her home you have to be prepared. To become more confident make sure that you express your fears and concerns to the nurses, they are the only ones who can give you all the information you need in order to make you feel more at ease.