Premature baby care is specialized health care and support for infants born less than 37 weeks gestation. Babies who weigh less than five pounds and eight ounces at birth are considered low birth weight and may have similar needs as premature babies.
The Children's Clinic offers premature baby care for infants and parents who have graduated from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and are at home. For a low birth weight baby or preemie to go home, they must:
Premature baby care extends the highest quality of care your little one receives in the hospital and supports you as you learn to care for them at home.
Premature baby care involves extensive education for parents and other caretakers when your baby comes home with monitors, oxygen, medications, and feeding tubes. Premature baby care helps parents learn all the aspects of their baby's medical and developmental needs.
Premature baby care also includes:
Because preterm babies are at higher risk for having special needs and some pediatric diseases, premature baby care also monitors signs of illness, developmental delays, and long-term complications.
Babies born before 37 weeks gestation don't have fully matured lungs, organs, brain, and nervous system at birth. Because of this, they are much more likely to have long-term complications such as:
Quality premature baby care helps monitor for signs of these complications and ensures early diagnosis and intervention. If you have a premature baby, you can count on ongoing support from the team of pediatric experts at the Children's Clinic.
For comprehensive premature baby care, call or request an appointment online with the Children's Clinic today.