Premature babies or “preemies” are those born before the 37th week of pregnancy. They often look less rounded than term babies due to lack of fat stores, have low birth weight, and might face many medical problems depending on how early they were born. One of those problems is feeding difficulties that prevent them from thriving. Here are some premature baby weight gain tips for parents.
Work closely with the healthcare team
The first step in helping premature babies gain weight is to work closely with the healthcare team. You see, babies require individualized interventions, depending on what they need at the moment, and only the healthcare team can determine what’s best for your preemie.
Some premature babies need to be kept in the incubator because they cannot regulate their body temperature yet. Others have respiratory issues and require oxygen therapy.