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Premature baby weight 2.1kg
My baby girl had birth weight of 2.2 kg but now after a week she is 2.1 kg. Can we bath the baby now? Is it safe for baby to take bath? Please suggest me on this.
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All babies lose weight in the 1st week of life which is around 10%of their birth weight.Then they start gaining weight from the 2nd week. You can sponge the baby with lukewarm water after a coconut oil massage. Wait till baby is 2.5 kg to give a proper bath.
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You can bath baby after 2.5kg weight till then do sponging.... You can also do massage with coconut oil... Maintain baby's temperature by KMC or wrapping enough...
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dont worry about weight as weight increases in premature baby after10days of age...so keep patience..
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exclusive BF on demand... consult online if any query...
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Babies loose up to 10% weight in 1st week and regain the birth weight in 2nd week....if taken care properly Bathing or sponging with warm water after a coconut oil massage is recommended Weight gain can be achieved with 1. Keeping baby warm.....Kangaroo Mother Care or other means 2. Breastfeeding on demand 3. Coconut oil massage before bath and application on whole body after bath 4. Avoid other oils as they don't get absorbed 5. Avoid bottle feeding as it may lead to stomach problems and infections
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Don't panic and dont worry
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Regular visits to PEDIATRICIAN will help monitor the growth and development
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All babies be it small or big loose weight in the initial 10 days. It is normal. With regard to your 2nd question since your baby is low birth weight chance of hypothermia is more. So strictly no bathing till 2.5 kg. Wipe with towel dipped in lukewarm water and pat dry immediately to prevent hypothermia.
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Hi, All babies lose weight in the first 10-15 days and then gain weight. So your baby weight is normal
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Do not bath the baby till she is more than 2.5 kgs, not safe and might lose weight more than required.
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It is advisable to bath child after she cross weight of 2.5 to 2.7 kg. As in preterm and low birth weight child most energy she consumed from feeds should be use for weight gain and in bathing more energy will be used. Yes you can do sponging but not kept child fully wet, do it alternatively.
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As child is too young it is best to consult pediatrician online or in person and understand well.
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Exclusive breastfeed for 6 months
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