The Development Of A 7 Month Baby With A History Of Prematurity?

Want it? My baby was born prematurely, has less than 2 kg, has been in the hospital for 21 days, now my baby is 7 months old, the problem is that my baby cries all night long and doesn’t sleep at night, has only slept more than 8 hours a day. I wake up often, now her body weight has decreased from 6 kg to 5.7, what’s wrong with me, please explain, thank you

1 Answer:

Hi Mohamed,


Thank you for asking HealthReplies.com.

Babies who have a history of being born prematurely often have a slower growth phase than other babies in general. What's more, if your baby has previously experienced serious illness that requires him to undergo treatment in the hospital early in his life.


At 7 months of age, the normal infant weight ranges from 7.4 to 9.3 kg for boys and between 6.7 and 8.7 kg for girls. In addition to the consequences of a history of premature and serious illness that your baby has previously experienced, it could also be that the baby's weight gain is not optimal due to other factors, such as inadequate nutritional intake (either from breast milk or complementary foods), digestive disorders (for example related to infection, poisoning, colitis, malabsorption, intolerance), experiencing other illnesses (eg cancer, hyperthyroidism, heart problems, kidney problems), and so on.


As for babies who often wake up at night, are fussy, and cry so that their sleep time is reduced, it can indicate many things, including:

Improper sleep patterns, eg too many naps, irregular sleeping time, jet lag
The environmental conditions of the bed are uncomfortable, for example too hot, too cold, glare, stuffy, noisy
Body conditions that are feeling uncomfortable, for example due to fever, colic, headache, shortness of breath, coughing, pain in other body parts, and so on

We recommend that you check your baby directly to a doctor or pediatrician so that you can further investigate what might have triggered the complaint. To monitor the nutritional status, doctors will compare using a standard standard to be more objective. In addition, some supporting examinations, such as the Mantoux test, X-rays, laboratory tests, CT scans, and so on, your doctor may also recommend to your baby.


In the meantime, you can try the following tips first:

Breastfeed your baby sufficiently
Avoid giving additional milk (unless recommended directly from a doctor)
Also teach your baby to consume complementary foods correctly, the texture and portion is according to their age, made from a variety of ingredients and high nutritional value
Give your baby healthy snacks between meals, such as chopped fruit or juice
Calm the baby when he wakes up at night, namely by hugging him, and humming the lullaby rhythm
Limit the baby's nap time, not too long
Encourage children to be active in the morning to evening, so that at night they have better sleep quality
Create a comfortable sleeping environment for the baby
Keep babies from too close contact with adults who are suffering from contagious diseases

Hope it helps ..

dr. Nadia Nurotul Fuadah

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