Premature Baby?

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My wife just gave birth to a premature baby weighing 1400 grams, gestational age 28-29 weeks. After 12 days of treatment allowed to go home. For 1 day at home, my baby’s health is decreasing and shortness of breath (I use an incubator at home). Finally I take it to the hospital .and there was entered the NICU. but why did the weight decrease to 1250 grams?

1 Answer:

Hello Ariep, thank you for asking at HealthReplies.com.

The baby's weight after birth is normally decreased in the first 5-7 days of life of approximately 5% of the initial birth weight, but the lost weight must have returned at the age of 10-14 days after birth.

Especially for babies born prematurely, baby weight is one thing that requires special attention and should be weighed every day because this can be one of the references to ensure that the child gets nutritional intake to a certain time limit or reference determined by the doctor. Weight loss experienced by your child may be due to suboptimal nutritional intake or increased needs due to his current condition so it is advisable to continue caring for your baby in the hospital under the supervision of a doctor until he is declared healthy and able to survive without the aid of tools medical.

When you are later allowed to go home, it is very important to continue to monitor your child's growth and nutrition, one of them is by weighing every day, and also to do all the recommendations given by pediatricians who care for your child so far.

I hope this helps.

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