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Care of low birth weight babies

Low weight birth treatment in Hebbal, Bangalore

Each new mother wonders if she is doing the right thing for her tiny baby daily as she goes about her daily routine with a newborn.

You can compare your low birth weight baby to any other baby. She must stay warm and dry. In addition to keeping her clean, ensure nourishment with enough fluids. She needs her mother's love and care.

Due to her weight of fewer than 2500 gms (2.5 kgs), you will need to take extra precautions and take care of Low weight birth treatment in Hebbal, Bangalore. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Breastfeed on schedule

Breastfeeding is the best way to nourish your baby. Only breast milk should be fed to them in the first six months after birth. When feeding your baby on demand rather than on a schedule, your child's paediatrician will advise you to help your baby gain weight. Make sure she receives her milk regularly by keeping a record of when she has eaten.

Even if it means waking your baby from a deep sleep or nap, low birth-weight babies should be fed every three hours, sometimes every two hours.

Skin-to-skin contact

You and your LBW baby benefit from skin-to-skin contact. Kangaroo care, which involves holding your baby directly against your skin, is known for,

  • Boost her weight gain

  • Maintain her body's temperature

  • Maintain a steady heartbeat and breathing

  • Get her to sleep for a more extended period

  • Increase the chances of breastfeeding success

  • Make sure she spends more time alert and quiet instead of crying

Massage

The importance of massage for your baby's weight gain cannot be overstated. Rubs and strokes are helpful for premature and low birth weight babies. Massage your baby with oil, making it easier and more comfortable for them. According to most doctors, you or your baby's grandmother should massage your premature or low birth weight baby.

Follow safe sleeping guidelines

Co-sleeping has its advantages; it makes breastfeeding easier at night for many mothers. As a parent, you may also enjoy the closeness of sharing your bed with your baby.

If you co-sleep with a baby three months old or younger, born prematurely or with low birth weight, be aware that these babies are most susceptible to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Even though SIDS is rare, studies show that infants whose parents are South Asian have a relatively lower risk of dying in the cot.

Your baby should sleep in the same room as you, but not in the same bed. Consider using a co-sleeper or moving your baby's crib, bassinet, or cot next to yours. Ensure your baby sleeps on her back, not her stomach or side.

Monitor her growth closely

Make sure your baby gets regular checkups with the paediatrician. Tracking her progress and identifying any problems at an early stage will benefit both you and your doctor. Don't forget to get your baby's vaccines on time. A doctor can assess your baby's development by tracking its weight, length, and head circumference.

Your paediatrician will review your baby's routine and nutrition and follow her growth and health concerns more closely if she doesn't gain weight as expected. However, it would help if you always trusted your instincts. You know your baby best, so if you have any concerns, call your baby's doctor immediately.

Get the help you need

Especially in the first few weeks, take advantage of any help you can get. During the first 40 days after birth, your mother or mother-in-law will likely be around to help you. You'll appreciate having them around because they'll be able to cater to your needs and provide immense comfort.

If you don't have enough support or live in a nuclear family, consider hiring help to get some assistance. Having time for yourself, your husband, and your other children is just as important as making time for your baby. Book an appointment at Manipal Hospitals now. 

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