Childhood Diseases

Posted by: BB | 2013/02/11


Prem Baby: 7 weeks old

Hi, my cousin''s little girl was born prem. On her 6 week check up she then only weighed 3kg. She was fed with a tube in ICU and everything. It seems that the hospital did not give the important ''training'' of how to bath and care for a prem baby. She has a ''rash''. As I understand she rubbes little one with Vicks (I was told it is much to strong for infants and it is not good to use on infants) Could this result in a rash? Also is it better to use Elizabeth Anne products as it is made for very sensitive skin? During the night she has a cycle of waking up every 3 hours but during the day if she is awake she screams! What could cause this? She is on formula. As she is making one bottle for little one to drink on the whole day, I said that she should make a new one with every feeding time..... as the milk tastes funny after a while and turns sour....

Expert's Reply



You are correct, your cousin should not be rubbing either Vicks or Vaseline into the sensitive skin of a premature infant. She should stop doing this as this is almost certainly the cause of her baby's rash. Babies of this age will wake every 3 hours or so for a feed. The fact that she is waking and crying during the day means that she is probably hungry. It is important to prepare her bottles carefully and in warm weather it is probably best to prepare only one or two bottles at a time.

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Posted by: T | 2013/02/14

If you read on the boxes of formulas, most of them say that the leftover milk should be thrown away. Especially in this hot weather, she should make a new formula at each feed. My baby is now ten months old and I am breastfeeding her, when she was born in the hospital I was tild her that I should feed her every 3-4hours, but after two days I decided to feed her on demand. Except, if she would not wake up for two hours, I would feed her in hersleep.

she should not definitely use vix or vaseline. For the first month I was told my my pediatritian to use aquaious cream for bathing her. Then I think Elisabeth Annes products are the best.

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