You’re preparing yourself to be patient in a waiting game called Pregnancy that usually take 40 weeks before meeting your new bundle-of-joy, but then, for whatever reason, the baby arrived too early.
Now you enter the world of preemie babies, you need all the support and guidance you can get while taking on this journey with your little baby. It’s overwhelming – an unknown water, so brace yourself – take a deep breath and exhale. Release everything that you’re holding in and plunge!
Read more to learn more about Preemie Care by Ms. Bambi Borneo, President of the Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc.
A premature birth is a birth that takes place more than three weeks before the baby is due. In other words, a premature birth is one that occurs before the start of the 37th week of pregnancy. Normally, a pregnancy usually lasts about 40 weeks.
Premature birth gives the baby less time to develop in the womb.
After a baby is born, what should be the first action performed? Dry the baby .
Premature babies, especially those born earliest, often have complicated medical problems. Depending on how early a baby is born, he or she may be:
-Late preterm, born between 34 and 36 weeks of pregnancy
-Moderately preterm, born between 32 and 34 weeks of pregnancy
-Very preterm, born at less than 32 weeks of pregnancy
-Extremely preterm, born at or before 25 weeks of pregnancy
Every year, an estimated 15 million babies are born preterm (before 37 completed weeks of gestation), and this number is rising. Preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5 years of age, responsible for nearly 1 million deaths in 2015.
UNICEF: Philippines Has One of the Highest Premature Birth Rates in the World
According to a statement from the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Philippines ranks the 8th highest among 184 countries when it comes to the prevalence of premature births.
What is the role of the NICU Nurses?
-Provide evidence based skin care to neonates
-Identify those who may be at risk for alterations in skin integrity
-Protect against potential skin breakdown caused by epidermal stripping, extravasation, wound breakdown and excoriation
-Implement interventions to promote and protect optimal skin function
-Care for premature neonates in an environment that minimizes Trans Epidermal Water Loss and promotes Stratum Corneum barrier maturation
-Minimize the potential for future skin sensitization
During drying and stimulation of the baby, your rapid assessment shows that the baby is crying. What is your action? Check the diaper
Neonatal and Infant Skin Care
Preserving the skin integrity of the neonate and infants is important to maintain the function of the skin, protect against potential wounds and avoid akin disorders in the future. Babies’ skin is thinner, more fragile and more sensitive than adults’ skin. It is also less resistant to bacteria and harmful substances in the environment, so can be easily irritated.
How long after birth is a newborn ready to breastfeed? 20-60 minutes
How to handle your premature baby’s crying and fussiness:
All babies cry, but some cry more than others. They cry when they’re hungry, bored, uncomfortable, or frightened. They also cry when they need a diaper changed, hear a loud noise, or meet a new person. Sometimes babies cry for no apparent reason.
Crying is one of the few ways your baby can communicate with you. His crying is no reflection on your parenting. But it can be very frustrating when your baby cries and despite your best efforts, doesn’t stop. You can try to soothe a crying baby by feeding him, changing his diaper, swaddling him, dimming the lights, rocking, singing and walking.
Why are diapers important?
-Diapers are baby’s first clothes
-No other product touches baby’s skin as closely and as frequently as diapers
-Every year, over 2.7 Billion diapers are worn by babies in the Philippines
Crying is one of the way for the baby to communicate, here’s what the baby might be trying to say:
– the baby is hungry
– the baby has soiled diaper and need to change
– the baby has an infection
– the baby wants stimulation. You can sing, talk to your baby or take the baby out for a stroll.
You can also swaddle the baby snugly in a blanket. White noise such as the hum of the low playing music, radio or TV can also sooth an irritated baby.
The baby also loves the smell of his/her mom, hold the baby close to your body, while breathing calmly, whispering a hum or rocking slowly.
If you feel exhausted, don’t forget to get a break, even a 5 minute break can make a difference. Ask a friend, your partner or a relative to look over your baby while your calming yourself and getting a clearer mind.
Remember, dirty laundry can wait, but sleep when you pass up won’t be taken back. Catch some sleep, too especially when the baby finally fall asleep.
Pampers Baby advocates providing superior skin protection for babies. They recognize the special attention and care that Preemies require and provides through the creation of the Pampers Micro New Baby line.
Pampers Micro New Baby line is specially designed diaper that allows Preemies a comfortable fit. It is softer than Pampers newborn diapers, soft as silk material and highly absorbent channels to keep their fragile skin safe.
Babies who sleep in quality diapers sleep better.
This is the largest Pampers Preemie diaper – the size of an iPhone! Although these cute preemie diapers are not yet available for sale, Pampers Philippines is giving away free preemie diapers to selected hospitals in Metro Manila like Fabella Hospital especially for indigent preemie babies.
I’ll end this post with a tearjerker short film by Movie Genius, Pepe Diokno.
Thank you so much Pampers, for having the initiative to take extra delicate care of preemie babies!