Caring for low birth weight babies is bit different and such babies require more attention. Low weight babies weigh between 2000 and 2500 g. There are two types of low weight babies, premature and dysmature. Premature are babies born before 37 weeks and dysmature are babies with weight lower than 2500 g. Such weight makes parents worried about their newborn but even that small babies can gain weight and grow equally quick as other babies.
Breastfeeding is the best way of caring for low birth weight babies. No matter how many times in a day your baby wants to be breastfed mother should be there. If you notice your baby sleeping more than 4 hours wake her and breastfeed. Mothers milk is the source of all nutrients baby needs for healthy growth. Baby’s doctor may recommend use of multivitamins and minerals as an addition to breastfeeding. Remember not to do anything on your own and always consult a doctor.
A second way of caring for low birth weight babies is sleeping next to your baby. That should continue for the first few months until baby gets stronger. Or you can place the baby’s crib next to your bed to have more comfort while sleeping.
Make sure your baby is always wrapped well while sleeping. Babies with low weight have a problem with keeping their body warm because their body doesn’t have enough fat. Keep room temperature at around 18ºC. While breastfeeding make sure there is skin to skin contact and before sleep you can massage baby for a few minutes.
If you or any family members smoke, avoid smoking inside and anywhere near your baby. Smoking can cause asthma attacks, ear infections etc.
During first few month ask your friends and family to visit less, they will understand. Try to avoid any guests with infections, cough, flu or any cold. Even if you can’t avoid their coming, try to keep baby away and don’t allow them to get close or touch her.
Low weight babies need to be checked more often and it is best if you can buy baby monitor to keep an eye on baby even when you get out of the room.
Regular visits to the baby’s doctor are very important and if you notice any change in the baby’s behavior, eating, poop, skin color consult a doctor immediately. Low weight babies have many problems such as gaining weight first few months, problems with hearing and