Episode 1: Premature babies
Amelia's Development at 3 months:
- Pulled to sit - little or no head lag
- Held sitting - back is straight except in lumbar region
- Holds head erect and steady for several seconds before bobbing forwards
- Placed prone - lifts head and upper chest well up in midline using forearms to support
- Held standing with feet on hard surface. Sags at knees.
- Follows moving ball in horizontal plane
- Follows moving ball in vertical plane
- Holds toy but cannot yet co-ordinate hand and eyes - may move rattle towards his face bashing his chin
- Watches movement of own hands before face and engages finger play
- Recognises feeding bottle and makes eager welcoming movements as it approaches face.
Hearing and speech:
- Sudden loud noises still distress provoking blinking, screwing up face - crying and turning away.
- Vocalises delightedly when spoken to, also when alone.
- Quietens to sound of spoon in a cup at 6-12" on level with ear.
- May turn eyes or head towards sound source
- Sucks or licks lips in response to sounds of preparation for feeding
Social and play
- Fixes eyes on mothers face when feeding
- now enjoys bath and caring routines
- Peek a boo - helps a baby to learn that Mammy is still there even if she can't be seen.
- Where's teddy - helps a baby to learn when something is moved it can be found by looking for it.
- Stimulated or neglected
- quiet and understanding child - "good child"
- demanding child - compels his parents to stimulate him
- Children need structured stimulation to develop their talents.
Amelia, twins, Pater and Jake
- Not before 12 weeks, preferably 16 weeks
- Know when she is drinking to full capacity at each feed - starts to demand more milk maybe a sixth feed having been quite content on five
- Start with semi-liquid smooth creamy consistency i.e. unsweetened purees of bananas, pears, peaches, potatoes, carrots, gluten free rice cereal
- "First foods" - manufactured are available. Better to make up your own and cheaper.
- Pureed vegetable soups - easy to make
- No wheat or dairy products before 1 year. No low fat foods, increase in sugar and salt, no gluten (protein in wheat-rye) before 1 year.
- 1 or 2 teaspoons at midday - give half the bottle first to satisfy hunger then the teaspoon of creamy solids
- Use a small spoon, sit baby upright and place it gently between the baby's lips so she can suck the food off.
- Don't push spoon in far as she may gag on the unexpected food on the back of the tongue.
- Owe food for several days
- Cereal once a day
- Avoid manufactured ready mixed foods
- Plenty of kitchen paper - messy
- Once the baby accepts 2 different solids then introduce textures
- As the year goes on, she will be able to deal with mashed or chopped and will enjoy chewing
- Thirsty - plain water or diluted fresh fruit juice - no commercial drinks containing sugar and colourings
- Iron - red meat, baked beans, eggs, green vegs
- Vitamin C - kiwi with iron meals
- White fish - low in fat, high in protein
- Oily fish - salmon and tuna - Omega 3 fatty acids essential for healthy cell function in brain, greater problem solving ability
- Snacks - slow release energy foods - banana, baked beans
- Disguise - give options
- Don't reheat foods
- Don't use jars - saliva from spoon introduce bacteria to jar
- Don't buy anything with added sugar, salt, modified starch or monosodium glutamate
- Don't give your child: whole nuts, popcorn, rough wholemeal bread, small pieces of raw fruit or veg, sugary drinks