What is the correct age of my premature baby?
Q: My baby was born almost three months premature last year. Her birth weight was 1.1 kg, and at the time of discharge from the hospital she was 1.3 kg. She was in NICU for almost one month, partly because we insisted. Currently, she weighs around 4.8 kg. I have the following queries: 1. When do we start giving her solid food? 2. What is her corrected age now and how do we calculate her age? 3. How do we see whether she is growing up as required? 4. Can we start giving her water and buffalo milk? 5. Recently, she started sucking her thumb, and tries to put everything into her mouth. Can we use pacifier for the same? 6. What other precautions need to be taken for a premature baby, especially during changing seasons? 7. She also has a cleft lip (only on her right side) and palate. When can this be corrected surgically?
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