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7 Ways Mothers Can Help Boost The Immunity Of Premature Babies at Home

Preterm (premature) birth is one of the most pressing challenges in modern medicine. Premature births are thought to account for more than 10% of all live births and also more than 40% of all newborn deaths worldwide. Preterm newborns' immune systems are underdeveloped, with low innate and adaptive immunity, leaving them vulnerable to disease-causing microorganisms. In addition, intrauterine inflammation, which is a significant cause of premature birth, causes new-borns' immune function to be compromised. Medical interventions have an even greater impact on antibody development and function. All of these variables combine to reduce the infant's ability to fight itself against invasive and dangerous pathogens. Parents at home should utilize these old, reliable, and tested natural techniques as preventative measures.

1. Breastfeeding - Breast milk contains a large number of chemicals that enhance a baby's immunity and aid in the fight against a variety of infectious diseases. Breast milk also serves as a continual source of antibodies for the newborn from the mother. Breast milk has been shown to greatly prevent gastrointestinal infections. If your mother's milk isn't enough, you might want to try getting donor breast milk.

2. Clean Care - The NICU's clean and hygienic standards should be followed at home. Baby garments should be kept separate and washed separately in hot water. After using the restroom, changing a nappy, preparing milk/feeding the baby, and so on, wash your hands.

3. Minimize external exposure - Although premature babies can't live in a bubble, restrict the visibility to guests as well as outside travel. Visitors should be kept to a minimum and altogether avoided if they have a cold, a headache, or a stomach bug.

4. Increase bonding, immunity, and warmth - Kangaroo mother care is an effective way to enhance bonding, immunity, and comfort. Use extra clothing (mittens, socks, hats, etc.) and room warmers as needed.

5. Vaccination - Vaccines are critical for preventing dangerous infections. Follow up with your pediatrician on a regular basis and get your vaccines on schedule.

6. Probiotics - Though it may seem strange, recent studies show that the gut is responsible for more than 80% of a child's immunity. As a result, investing in probiotics is a cost-effective and risk-reducing alternative for newborn care at home.

7. Daily Massage - According to recent research, daily, frequent massages can support preterm infants not only develop antibodies but also reduce stress and help them gain weight quickly.

Source - https://www.thehealthsite.com/parenting/baby-care/how-to-boost-the-immunity-of-a-premature-baby-846876/ 

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