Monday June 17, 2013
On Saturday, June 15, reality TV star Kim Kardashian gave birth to her first baby with boyfriend Kanye West. Kim's sister Khloe tweeted yesterday that mom and baby are both healthy and resting, but there's speculation that the baby, a girl, might have been born about 5 weeks early. If that's true, then the newest member of the Kardashian family is considered a late preterm baby. Babies born at this gestational age usually have no long-term complications from their early birth, but can have trouble regulating their blood sugar, their breathing, and their temperature in the early days.
Saturday June 15, 2013
From a reader: "Recently we had twins. One of our princesses would eat 2-3 oz, but the other one would eat no more than one oz every 2-3 hrs... My wife gets stressed out & upset every feeding time when our little one doesn't finish. We are concerned if she looses weight or gets ill. We need help!"
Feeding preemies can be frustrating for parents. Even babies born only a few weeks early might not be strong enough to eat enough calories for good growth. Most preemies can't eat well until about 37-38 weeks gestational age, so patience is important. If your baby is older than that, especially if she's at home now, then talk to your pediatrician about her growth and how much she should be eating.
Tuesday June 11, 2013
Today's Preemie Spotlight highlights a woman who was born 4 months early, 27 years ago. Now a mom herself, this former micropreemie had some trouble in school and with her vision, but is otherwise very healthy.
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Thursday June 6, 2013
Having a premature baby can be a scary and overwhelming experience. If you've had a preemie and are thinking about having another baby, it's natural to worry about your chances of having another early birth. Learning your risk factors and what you can do to prevent another premature birth will help you to plan your family with confidence.