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Precautions for a pre-term baby birth - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   hi doctor
Doctor :   please go ahead with ur medical query
User :   my baby is a pre-term baby born on 3rd april 08
Doctor :   ok
User :   what are the precausions to be taken
Doctor :   For Administrative and health purposes, Please provide tur babies -Age: Gender: Occupation: Location: Marital Status: Dependents: Yes/ No.
Doctor :   how many months old was the baby
Doctor :   when born
User :   age 110 days female baby
Doctor :   how many months old was the baby when it was born
User :   birth weight 1.360 kgs 7 months baby
Doctor :   ok
User :   how can we observe the features as normal baby
Doctor :   Breastfeeding continues to be the best way of nourishing your baby.
Doctor :   Let her feed as often as she wants and wake her for a feed if she goes more than four or five hours at night. She'll need night feeds longer than you expect as she has a lot of catching up to do.
Doctor :   She'll spend some time at the breast not actually feeding, but just gazing at you and occasionally doing practice-sucking.
Doctor :   A few babies need extra oxygen for some time at home. If yours does, the paediatrician will see you regularly
User :   upto when the Breastfeeding required
Doctor :   upto one year
Doctor :   as normal babies do
Doctor :   Make sure she's warm when she sleeps, but take great care that she doesn't get too hot. You may like to buy a room thermometer and keep the temperature at about 18ºC (65ºF).
Doctor :   Don't let her go too long without a breastfeed at night
Doctor :   do u smoke?
Doctor :   Smoking also makes your baby more likely to suffer from asthma and ear and chest infections.
Doctor :   so please dont smoke if so
Doctor :   Don't expose your baby to infections if you can help it. Warn visitors either not to come at all if they have a cold, cough or other infection, or not to go too near or touch her until they're better. This is especially important if you're bottle-feeding. If you're breastfeeding, you needn't be so concerned because your milk helps protect your baby.
User :   no idont smoke
Doctor :   good
Doctor :   more fluid and calories per pound of body weight than do full-terms, and small-for-dates babies have a lot of catching up to do, too
Doctor :   Small babies can manage only small feeds, partly because digestion uses a lot of their available energy, so they need feeding frequently. They need high quality food for growth and development and to combat infections and stress. And they may need feeding by an intravenous (IV) line, tube or cup before they progress to the breast (or bottle).
User :   when can the baby identify the objects etc
User :   when will we give solid food
Doctor :   at the end of 9 motnhs
Doctor :   u can start with semi solid food
Doctor :   intially with fruit juices
Doctor :   two to three tea spoon
Doctor :   and graudally increase
User :   at what age we may give
Doctor :   around 8- 9 month
User :   mother dont have sufficeint milk to feed
Doctor :   u can start supplement then
Doctor :   but i suggest u to see a paediatrician before starting supplement
User :   how can she improve milk to feed
Doctor :   r u there
User :   hi sir
User :   milk iprovement
Doctor :   ok
User :   suggest the ways to milk iprovement
Doctor :   she u can take this food
Doctor :   Some of the calories required for breastmilk production are supplied by body fat reserves laid down during pregnancy. However, additional calories are needed over and above your pre-pregnancy intake to provide enough energy to supply the needs of your growing baby. As you start to wean your baby, your calorie needs will gradually return to pre-pregnancy levels.
Doctor :   Think of breastfeeding as continued motivation to follow the healthy diet you followed during pregnancy. Focus on eating whole grains and cereals, fresh fruits and vegetables, and foods that provide plenty of protein, calcium, and iron (and, as always, an occasional treat is fine).
Opt for nutritious snacks like yoghurt, sandwiches made with wholemeal bread filled with leafy greens and canned salmon, tuna, cheese or hummous, a jacket potato with baked beans, or fruit. However, ensure that you limit your intake of ghee as it just adds to your calories. Stay clear of ghee-laden preparations prepared by older family members.
Instead opt for nutritious snacks like yoghurt, sandwiches made with wholemeal bread filled with leafy greens, sprouts, boiled or baked potatoes or fruit.
Doctor :   Apart from all these vital vitamins and minerals, it is very important for you to drink plenty of water to help maintain your milk production. Water is a major constituent of breast milk. Therefore ensure that you drink at least 10-12 glasses of water every day. You can also consume fruit and vegetable juices, lassi, buttermilk, etc. in addition to water. This will help your body to produce the milk you need for your baby.
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Doctor :   r u there
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