Prem Babies Milestones
Prem baby milestones may vary significantly from full-term babies. Prem baby development can affect the baby's ability to breathe, eat, stay warm, react to stimuli, digest and eliminate normally.
If you ask a parent whose baby was born full term to recall the date of their babyís various milestones, Iím sure most will be able to recall an awful lot of their babyís milestones with a fair amount of accuracy.
If you ask the parent of a baby who was prem and spent several months in NICU the same question I have no doubt that all of these parents will be able to recall their babyís milestones with perfect accuracy.
The reason I say this is because parents mark their babyís milestones, however prem babies who have spent time in NICU will have momentous milestones, thatís not to say I belittle full term baby milestones because I donít.
Parents of full term babies could never comprehend the struggles, the stress the highs and lows of life in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
When a prem baby comes off their ventilator itís such a mammoth milestone that the babyís parents cannot help but recall the exact date and often the time that their little one started breathing unaided.
Milestones such as when baby comes off CPAP, when baby no longer requires a Nasal Cannula or when baby no longer needs to be tube fed.
Premature baby milestones may vary significantly from full-term babies. Premature baby development can affect the baby's ability to breathe, eat, stay warm, react to stimuli, digest and eliminate normally.
All of the above would have had more time to develop if the baby had not been born prematurely.† To monitor growth and development, premature baby milestones are based not on when the baby was born, but on the baby's original due date.
So please next time you meet a parent of a premature baby remember itís not just that their baby was born earlier or smaller, but also that their baby might have had to fight for life itself.† Comments such as oh isnít he small or isnít he sitting up yet are not only thoughtless they are hurtful.
Count your blessing that you baby has not had to spend the first several months of his or her life in NICU.
If you or a loved one has a premature baby in NICU then
please visit our premature baby store at http://www.prem2pram.co.uk
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Sue Edmondson runs Prem2Pram the on line premature baby store http://www.prem2pram.co.uk as a mother herself of two premature babies she understands the difficulties parents face when their baby arrives early.