The Premature Baby Book explains how you can help your premature baby thrive and flourish - in the hospital and at home.
If your baby is born prematurely, it's natural to feel special concern. In the first few weeks after your baby's birth, you may grapple not only with complex medical decisions but also with the need to anticipate developmental issues that could affect your child later on. The Premature Baby Book offers the tools and advice you need to become comfortable with your potentially bewildering new role. The Searses show you how to be a valuable part of the medical team, helping your baby thrive by offering the care that only a parent can give. Among the topics they cover:
Getting to know the important people and the cutting-edge equipment in the neonatal intensive care unit
A tour of a preemie's unique features and needs - head to toe, system by system
Methods for dealing with the fears and feelings common to new parents of premature babies
Ways parents can bond with their newborn during the infant's extended hospital stay
Breastfeeding vs. bottle-feeding, and how to develop a healthy feeding pattern in the early days
Necessary preparations for bringing baby home
Common concerns and medical challenges during the first year
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