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Preemie Health

What Is A Preemie
Behavioral Problems
Bonding With Your Preemie
Books To Read
Breastfeeding Your Preemie
Care During The Winter Months
Clothing For Preemies
Comforting Your Preemie
Dads Are Important Too!
Effects of Prematurity
Emotions and Feelings
Equipment In The NICU
Feeding Your Preemie
Health Concerns
Learning Difficulties
Neonatal ICU Complications
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Preemie Proofing
Preemies and Reflux
Preemies and Their Weight
Premature Statistics
Questions To Ask The Pediatrician
Siblings and Preemies
Speech Impairments
Support Groups and Premature Resources
Taking Your Preemie Home
Why Premature Births Happen

Preemie Milestones

Milestone Guide
Emotional Milestones
1 to 3 Months
4 to 6 Months
7 to 9 Months
1 Year Old
Social Skills of A Three Year Old Preemie

Preemie Complications
Apnea and Bradycardia
Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Intraventricular Hemorrhage
Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Respiratory Syncytial Virus
Retinopathy of Prematurity
Child Development
Language Skills
Separation Anxiety
Baby Routines
Infant Reflexes

Precious Preemie Project

Preemie Stories

Premature Baby Quotes

New Mom Tips

Children's Education
Children's Health
Children and Medical Terminology

Preemies And Their Weight

Gaining or losing weight

It is normal for your baby to lose weight just after he is born, whether he has spent a full term in the uterus or born a preemie. There are two reasons for this. First, your baby is getting rid of the extra water and salt in his system and secondly, more mature premature babies being breast fed will for the first few days be receiving colostrum, or pre-milk.

Even when your baby begins to gain weight, he may not put it on steadily at first. Premature babies need more calories because everything is more of an effort for them, and they may be taking in less food than they need.

Premature babies have tiny stomachs and can only take a little nourishment at a time. Continuous feedings and monitoring will help in the process of gaining weight.

Your Baby's Weight and Growth Gain

Your baby's growth is affected by many different things. These include how well he is, how much he weighed when he was born, how early he was born and whether he needed special care in the neonatal intensive care unit.

The "ideal" weight gain for a newborn baby is about 1 ounce (28g) a day, but a premature baby may not grow this much, especially if he has a condition affecting weight gain.

Monitoring Your Preemies Weight After Coming Home

Preemie growth charts will help you keep track of your preemie's development. Ask your pediatrician for information on how to obtain this chart.

Preemie growth charts may be divided into different categories, including pounds and ounces, length in inches, centimeters and millimeters, grams and gestational age.

Consider purchasing a chart that includes blank pages, so that you can fill in your baby's weight and measurements. Once a pattern of weight gain is formed, you will be able to share this with your baby's pediatrician along with other concerns you may have.

Also, investing in a digital scale can relieve the anxiety you may have about your preemie's weight gain. Every ounce makes a difference.

When will my preemie catch up in height and weight?

There is no exact time as to when a preemie will catch up with a full term baby. Most preemies catch up in height and weight within the first year of life. A small number of preemies never fully catch up to where they would have been if born full-term and remain slightly smaller than average babies throughout their lives.

Talk with your pediatrician or neonatologist about the sort of weight gain they feel is enough for you baby. Keep in mind that just because babies are small doesn't mean they are not healthy and thriving appropriately.

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