For the month of March, we are highlighting little Yu’s story. Yu was born as a premature baby and came to the Beijing Infant Care home last October. She was 3 weeks old when she arrived, and was just 3 lbs 9 oz (1630 g). Other than being born early and needing extra care, she seemed healthy.
Like all of our premature babies, Yu needed special attention and care to become stronger and bigger. We try to provide all our tiny babies with as much kangaroo care as we can. Nannies, volunteers and staff take turns holding and loving our babies. We also use Embrace Warmers to help regulate the temperature for our premature babies. Often, premature babies do not have enough body fat to regulate their own temperature and so we need to help them do that. The picture below captures Yu staying warm with a Embrace Warmer.
Unfortunately, Yu had some feeding trouble initially. She was pretty tiny and so had a hard time drinking milk by herself. She needed to be fed via a tube. But despite this, she slowly started to gain weight. Eventually, she started drinking milk by herself as well! And of course, she started becoming healthier and stronger!
Later this month, since she no longer needs special medical care, she will be transferred to another organization. We hope she can find her forever family soon!