Tag: premature baby

What do you need to know about respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?

What do you need to know about respiratory syncytial virus (RSV)?

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is a common virus that infects the lungs and breathing passages. Almost all babies get it before the age of 2. Your ...
Getting your other children ready for a visit to the NICU

Getting your other children ready for a visit to the NICU

If your baby is in the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) and you have other children, you may wonder about how to get them ready to meet their new br ...
Taking care of yourself while your baby is in the NICU

Taking care of yourself while your baby is in the NICU

Having a baby in the newborn intensive care unit (also called NICU) can be very stressful for you and your family. There’s so much you need to lea ...
Home from the NICU: how to handle visitors and trips outside

Home from the NICU: how to handle visitors and trips outside

You’ve finally brought your baby home from the NICU and you’re looking forward to taking her out into the world and introducing her to your friends an ...
Premature birth and the NICU: a personal experience

Premature birth and the NICU: a personal experience

Every day I read and answer lots of questions on topics like preconception care, prenatal care, and how to have a healthy pregnancy. I also answer ...
What is reflux?

What is reflux?

All babies spit up at times. But if your baby spits up more than usual, she may have gastroesophageal reflux or simply reflux. Reflux is common among ...
What is newborn screening?

What is newborn screening?

Newborn screening looks for rare but serious and mostly treatable conditions. Babies with these conditions often look healthy at birth, but if the dis ...
Getting ready for discharge from the NICU

Getting ready for discharge from the NICU

In general, your premature baby will be ready to go home around her due date. But your baby will have to reach certain milestones first. Her vital sig ...
Is breastfeeding a preemie different than a full term baby?

Is breastfeeding a preemie different than a full term baby?

The answer is yes. You’ve probably spent the last few months anxiously getting ready for your baby’s arrival. You’ve probably also thought about an ...
What if my baby needs surgery?

What if my baby needs surgery?

The idea of surgery is scary for anyone. But learning your premature baby needs to have surgery can be terrifying. Learning what you can expect may ma ...