You and Your Health
Health Tip: Bringing Home a Premature Baby
Photo: Bringing Home a Premature Baby
Here are questions new parents should ask
Caring for a premature baby, born before 37 weeks’ gestation, requires extra care and attention.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says new parents of preemies should ask these questions before leaving the hospital:
What special care will I need to give baby at home?
What should trigger a call to the doctor’s office, or a trip to the hospital?
How will I know if baby is eating and sleeping enough, and gaining enough weight?
Do I need to give baby any medication?
How frequently will I need to bring baby in for a checkup?