By default, a premature baby is still working on maturing. That takes some time and some patience on both your parts. These clues can help you to learn when your preemie is starting to become more mature.
Your Baby Is Overstimulated Less Often
All babies can get overstimulated by what’s going on around them, but preemies are more likely to experience overstimulation far more often. This happens because their brains and their bodies are still catching up. It’s jarring for these babies to be in the world with its bright lights and loud sounds. Do what you can to minimize these stimuli until your baby is at a stage where she’s better able to cope with them.
Your Baby Isn’t as Stressed
Overstimulation can lead to stress. All of these new experiences and stimuli are difficult to cope with all at once. Reducing the stimulation also reduces the stress your baby is experiencing. Instead of having to manage all sorts of things all at once, your baby may only need to cope with one stimulus at a time. You might notice that some things comfort your baby, such as massage, but other things might not. Your baby’s stress levels may be differently affected at different times, much as your own are by certain situations.
Your Baby Is More Alert
As your baby has to devote less energy to growing, developing, and avoiding irritating stimuli, she’ll be more alert and aware of what’s going on around her. She’ll start to make eye contact for longer periods of time and start to pay attention to what is happening around her. Your baby will likely want to explore what’s going on around her, too.
Your Baby Is Moving More Purposefully
Infant and preemie movements are not as coordinated as older babies or babies that aren’t premature. Their muscles are not as able to move the way that your baby wants them to move and their movements might appear to be jerky and random. This changes gradually and your baby becomes better able to move in a way that serves a purpose for her. She’s developing muscle tone and control.
Hiring pediatric home health care providers can help you to learn what these signs look like for your individual baby. Every preemie is different, and you might need help learning how to differentiate the different cues that you’re getting, especially soon after you bring your baby home.
If you or a loved one are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services in McKees Rocks PA, please call and talk to the caring staff at Extended Family Care of Pittsburgh at (412) 693-6009. We will answer all of your questions.
Laura has earned her MBA in Health Care Administration from Canisius College and a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Laura has sat on three Professional Advisory Committees throughout the community, has been on the Board of Directors for a non-profit nursing home, and currently acts as an Advisory Board Member for both the Alliance for Community Respite Care and Gateway Health Plan.She is also an active committee member of the Southwestern PA Partnership on Aging, Twilight Wish Foundation and North Allegheny baseball, softball and lacrosse Boosters.Community Engagement and Education has been her passion and she enjoys teaching opportunities for the American Red Cross and a local community college as well as collaborative grant writing with various healthcare and education partners.
Raising four active children with her husband Brian, she seems to spend more free time on fields and courts than she does at home. Although they live in Pittsburgh, you will never see a Steelers logo in their home.Instead, the Bills, Sabres and some Pirates gear are more often visible. “My empathy is always for the underdog.They usually work harder than everyone else.”. –Laura Partridge
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