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  1. Bonding With Your Newborn - Topic Overview

    You naturally develop an emotional bond with your baby simply by spending time together,being physically close,and responding to his or her cues. Although the bond does not require special planning,keep the following in mind: Respond to your newborn's crying. Newborn babies cannot act with forethought,so they are not capable of being manipulative. You will not spoil your baby when you ...

  2. Premature Infant - The First Weeks at Home

    As you and your infant adjust to being at home, you will gradually establish a routine together. You also may find that your premature infant is truly different from what you'd expect of a full - term infant. During the first weeks at home, consider these important points:Sleeping and wakefulness. Because their brain functions aren't as fully developed at birth as full - term newborns, premature .

  3. Premature Infant - Taking Your Baby Home

    Whether you have spent days, weeks, or months visiting and leaving your infant at the hospital, the homecoming is a long - awaited event. Your premature infant is considered ready to go home when he or she is able to: Take all feedings by nipple and continue to gain weight. In rare cases, infants are discharged while still on partial tube - feedings that are given by parents at home. If your infa

  4. Premature Infant - The Sick Premature Infant

    Many premature infants are resilient and surprise everyone by overcoming great odds. However, premature infants are also vulnerable to infection and to complications related to immature body organs. Expect that your infant can progress for several days but may then have a medical setback. With each additional week of prematurity, a newborn is at greater risk of having medical problems. Infants ...

  5. Premature Infant - The Premature Newborn

    A premature infant's health at birth is influenced by numerous factors, including: Gestational age at birth.Weight at birth. Maternal illness and medical treatment during pregnancy, which can have an effect on the fetus.Congenital birth defects.Most infants born at 36 and 37 weeks' gestation are mature enough to be discharged from the hospital with the mother. Many premature infants, however, are

  6. Premature Infant - Looking Ahead to the Childhood Years

    Your infant's "age"Age is both a measure of time and a marker of development. Unlike with a full - term infant, a premature infant's age and development can be defined in different ways. This can be confusing to any parent. When following your premature infant's growth and development, it can be helpful to know the difference between the following "ages": Gestational age is the fetus's age, as ...

  7. Premature Infant - Topic Overview

    What is prematurity?A full - term pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. An infant born at 38 weeks is fully developed and called a full - term infant. An infant born between 22 and 37 completed weeks of pregnancy is called a premature infant, or "preemie." In the United States, about 1 out of 10 births is premature.1Why is prematurity a problem? Most infants born close to 37 weeks' gestation (completed

  8. Breastfeeding Overview

    WebMD gives you an overview of breastfeeding, including the benefits, challenges, and possible solutions.

  9. Breast Problems After Breastfeeding

    WebMD explains how breastfeeding can affect your breasts. Learn what to expect and how to deal with certain breast problems.

  10. Your Child's Bedtime Routine

    A good bedtime routine is key to getting a good night's sleep and functioning at our best. Same goes with your children - no matter their age. WebMD gives you tips for helping yourself and your children establish a routine that works.

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